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Rainwater Collection Systems

Rainwater collection systems are used to collect and store rainwater for the purpose of having water in case of an emergency or to use the water for gardens and lawns.

Collecting Rainwater

People have been collecting rainwater for centuries for use in their homes and land. Although rainwater shouldn't be used for drinking, it provides clean water to our gardens and lawns, and if needed, it can be used for bathing purposes.

How do Rainwater collection systems work?

Rainwater collection systems collect water from the gutter of a house or building. The water flows down the gutter, then trickles down a pipe of the building then goes into a pre-filter. The water then goes from the pre-filter into a water storage tank.

Types of Rainwater collection systems

There are two main types of rainwater collection systems. The first system harvests water by collecting water from the room. The second type of rainwater collection system harvests water from a field or an adjoining attachment to provide water to your garden. Rainwater systems includes internal and external fixtures such as tanks, barrels, and cisterns to collect rain to be used at another time. Rainwater systems are made to ensure that when the water reaches it's destination, it is clean and purified.

Buying a Rainwater collection system

Before purchasing a rainwater supply system, find out how big you want it to be. The size of the system will depend on the size of your property and how much water you want to store. If you live in the city and and you do not have a lot of space, you can purchase a slimeline tank that attaches to a wall on the side of your house.

If you plan on purchasing a rainwater collection system and installing it to your household plumbing, you may have to get a building permit. In some cities, you may only use a rainwater system for drinking and household usage. Some cities require you to have your rainwater collection system inspected on a regular basis.

Advantages of having a Rainwater collection system

There are many advantages of having a rainwater collection system.

  • You decrease the amount of strain on the water supply in your state.
  • You have little or no dependence on the city water supply.
  • Your water bill will decrease.
  • You increase your ability to farm in areas that has no water supply.
  • Your fruit and vegetable crops will be more healthier and fresher.
  • You won't have city restrictions on when and how to use your water.

Rainwater collection systems and roofs

Rainwater collection devices are not the best option for every home. Some roofing materials are not suitable for a rainwater collection system. If there is lead, chromium or cadmium in the roofing materials, soldering, flashing's, or paint, you shouldn't collect rainwater on top of your roof.

Contamination

Make sure your rainwater system is properly connected to ensure the cleanliness of your water because rainwater can include bird drooping's, leaves, and other debris that is unwanted. To prevent contamination of your rainwater, use a first flush diverter that fits your tank. It eliminates contaminated water from the roof entering the tank. Make sure your tank is tightly covered so your water will not evaporate.

Drinking Rainwater

If you want to bathe or drink water from your rainwater system, the water must be purified. You can purify it by adding chlorine and using a filter.

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