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Rainwater harvesting is collecting the run-off from a structure or other impervious surface in order to store it for later use. Traditionally, this involves harvesting the rain from a roof. The rain will collect in gutters that channel the water into downspouts and then into some sort of storage vessel. Rainwater collection systems can be as simple as collecting rain in a rain barrel or as elaborate as harvesting rainwater into large cisterns to supply your entire household demand. The idea of rainwater harvesting usually conjures up images of an old farm cistern or thoughts of developing countries. The reality is that rainwater harvesting is becoming a viable alternative for supplying our households and businesses with water. It’s not just for the farm anymore! There are many countries such as Germany and Australia where rainwater harvesting is a norm. Due to the green building movement, you will be seeing rainwater harvesting systems become more popular here in America. The collection of rainwater is known by many names throughout the world. It ranges from rainwater collection to rainwater harvesting to rainwater catchment.
In addition, terms such as roof water collection or rooftop water collection is also used in other countries. We believe that rainwater harvesting is a viable technology in an urban setting. All that is necessary to take advantage of this resource is to capture the free water falling on your roof and direct it to a rainwater storage tank. By doing this, you can take control of your water supply and replace all or at least a substantial portion of your water needs. Rainwater harvesting systems can be configured to supply your whole house and/or your landscape needs.
What Are The Benefits Of Rainwater Collection? Rainwater is a relatively clean and accessible source of water. You have total control over your water supply (ideal for cities with water restrictions). It is socially acceptable and environmentally responsible. It promotes self-sufficiency and helps conserve water Rainwater is better for the landscape plants and gardens because it is not chlorinated. It reduces storm water runoff from homes and businesses. It can solve the drainage problems on your property while providing you with free water It uses simple technologies that are inexpensive and easy to maintain. It can be used as a primary source of water or as a backup source to wells and municipal water. The system can be easily retrofitted to an existing structure or built during new home construction System are very flexible and can be modular, allowing expansion, reconfiguration, or relocation, if necessary; it can provide an excellent backup source of water for emergencies.