A great article on how to make a simple, inexpensive rainwater harvesting system. We always recommend installing more water storage capacity than you think you need as it is surprising how quickly a thunder shower can fill even a large 10000 litre water tank! Some states in the US have restrictions on rainwater harvesting, fortunately there are no such restrictions in South Africa. If you intend drinking rainwater from your rain water tanks, ensure it is first properly filtered.
The impacts of a drought are far-reaching, from depleted reservoir levels to forest fires, and, ultimately, your access to fresh water. The good news is that there are alternatives to tapping into the public water supply, and eco-conscious residents can harvest and use rainwater to meet their needs.
While harvesting rainwater can be a costly and complex effort, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it can be as easy as using your home’s gutter system to divert the rain into a container or small water tank or rain barrel.
Prior to starting your project, it is important to see if rainwater harvesting is allowed in your area. Some US states don’t allow this because water rights remain with the state.
Once you determine if you are able to harvest the rain at your home, follow these 11 steps to create a basic rainwater harvesting system.
It is important to keep the container covered to prevent mosquito larvae from invading your water supply. You should also keep your water out of direct sunlight to prevent algae from growing. This can be as simple as using a dark, translucent container and some sort of dark cover that can be placed over it. An old grill cover or a dark tarp will work just fine.
Now that you are collecting non-potable rainwater, what can you use it for?
Keep in mind that more complex harvesting systems will allow you to treat rainwater so that it is potable and can be used in the home for drinking water, baths, and washing clothes. While these systems are more expensive to build and install, they provide excellent opportunities to reduce your family’s dependence on the water supply while maintaining your way of life.
Source: EcoSeed Edited (By Garret Stembridge who is a member of the Internet marketing team at Extra Space Storage, a leading provider of self storage facilities. Garret often writes about sustainable practices for the home and for businesses. In Arizona, the Phoenix self storage facility has been retrofitted to reduce energy consumption.)
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