Harvest Your Rainwater – Tips And Guidelines

Rain, rain come down! And it does – sooner or later; but every time it rains you’re probably missing out on some go green opportunities to save some money. Do you have any idea how much rainwater goes into the ground? Do you know it’s possible and easy to harvest your rainwater? Some folks estimate that hundreds of gallons of rainwater runs off to saturate plants that don’t need any more hydration. The water is wasted as it goes into our city drains and sewers.

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We can solve part of this problem, and save our ourselves some cash in the process. We can harvest the rainwater – purposefully collect it, store it and reuse it. In other words we can put it to good uses – watering our gardens when it’s not raining or washing our vehicles, for example. And there are many other uses you can find.

Here are some go green solutions and benefits. Harvesting your rainwater is not only eco and environmentally friendly, but you can also save money. That is some green I could use! You see, a large part of your water bill is quite likely created from gardening purposes – some sources claim that it could be about 41%. If you were able to to harvest your rainwater , then you could potentially save hundreds of dollars. Wouldn’t that be worth it?

Plus, you don’t need anything complicated. Rainwater systems are available to suit just about every budget; you can easily find simple systems that are inexpensive and easy to install. And with the potential savings we talked about earlier, you should recover your investment or initial outlay of funds pretty quickly.

Guidelines to help you harvest your rainwater

Harvest you rainwater, Rainwater Harvesting

Harvest your rainwater, Rainwater Harvesting—Liz Henry (Flickr.com)

  • What kind of system do you want? You can place some barrels outside to simply catch the rain.
  • Want something more sophisticated? Consider creating a system of barrels mounted or placed under the downspouts. This way you increase the volume of water collected and stored. The more water you collect, store and reuse – the greater the potential savings.
  • Another option is to use a system of gutters and downpipes to channel or direct the rainwater to a big vat or tank or other catchment area. Of course, this approach will almost certainly require more resources to setup, so you can choose the option that is more closely suited to your budget.
  • However you proceed, barrels are likely to be a major part of the collection and storage program. In fact, there are companies that design or make barrels specifically to help you harvest your rainwater. Here are some things to look for when you are choosing your barrels:
    • Look for a mesh that fits over the top of the barrel. This helps  to reduce the debris that could get into the tank or barrel and block the faucet mechanism. Remember that debris – leaves, branches, etc can come from the roof through the downpipes.
    • There should be provisions for at least 1 faucet. Some units will have the faucets attached. Faucets help facilitate the distribution of the water when you are ready to use it.
    • There should be options to use a hose or hoses. In the first place, the hose can be attached to the barrel to manage any water overflow that will occur when the barrel is full. This option allows you to channel or redirect the overflow water where ever you would prefer to have it. Secondly, you can attach the hose to a faucet on the barrel and use it for gardening, car washing or any other purpose.
Harvest your rainwater, rainwater catchment at Balubal high school Cagayan…

Harvest your rainwater, rainwater catchment at Balubal high school Cagayan…—Sustainable sanitation (Flickr.com)

As you might guess, you can create as simple or as elaborate a rainwater collecting system as you want. If you really want to be grand, and if your resources and circumstances permit, you can even channel the rainwater from the roof into an underground tank. But beware – this type of rainwater harvesting system is  a lot more expensive and does require substantial maintenance. Additionally, in some jurisdictions, you will need to obtain certain permits or licenses.

Collecting or harvesting rainwater is basically simple, inexpensive and an effective way to save money and protect the environment. Of course, it can also be elaborate and more expensive, but will save money and protect the environment nonetheless.

Now you know how to harvest your rainwater. Are you up to it? Very soon your rainwater collection system could be up and running.  What about it?

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