How to Harvest Rainwater?
What are the different methods to collect rainwater?The only thing that differs in the following methods is the scale of the system. They all follow the same principles but differ on aesthetics and actual water conservation effectiveness. Click the pictures for a closer look.
|This method is the most common and one that many people are familiar with. This involves installing a barrel at a gutter downspout to collect rainwater. The actual barrel may be a recycled barrel or a new commercially available rain barrel. |
How do I create a complete Rainwater Collection System?The image below shows a complete rainwater collection system. While some of the components shown are absolutely necessary, not all of the components listed are required. Although, all of these components will help create a harvesting system that is highly functional and nearly maintenance-free.
|Collection Surface||Collection Cistern|
|Collection Gutters||Overflow Port|
|Gutter Protection||Auto-fill / Automatic Top-up Mechanism|
|Rain Head Inlet Filter||Pump|
|First-flush Diverter||Water Filter|
|Inlet Screen||Water Level Indicator|
What kinds of rainwater storage tanks can I use?Well, you can collect rainwater into any storage vessel but here are some of the more popular, commercially available, rainwater collection tanks. Every tank has its' own pros and cons and different situations call for different tanks. One important note to remember is to ensure that your base preparation is performed in accordance to the tank manufacturer's instructions. These rainwater storage tanks will be extremely heavy when water is present inside them. Remember, water weighs 8.34 pounds per gallon!
Some issues to think about when installing a rainwater system
Tank material that allows sunlight inside
Water level indicator using a clear pipe
First-flush diverter that mixes with good rainwater
How can Innovative Water Solutions help me out?Find out about our Rainwater Collection System Installation Services.