Getting Started with Rainwater Harvesting
Rainwater harvesting is an inexpensive and easy way to get started with saving money on your water bills, becoming more environmentally responsible by conserving water, and taking control of your water usage.
The benefits of rainwater harvesting, some of which we just mentioned, are many! With this method comes a relatively clean product that can revolutionize the way your household, farm, cottage, or other structure operates. Depending on how you choose to clean the collected rainwater, it can be used for irrigation or hand watering, washing pets or vehicles, indoor non potable use (like laundry or other cleaning), or potable use (drinking water/cooking).
Choose your water tank
The most common method is to start with a small rain barrel appropriate for residential use. This is a simple system that is easy to install; it involves setting up a rain barrel to collect roof rainwater from a gutter downspout. This is a cheap way to get started and become familiar with the general setup, as it involves far less time planning and executing and few pieces to start.
Below are great examples of different types of barrels or cans that can be put to use to start rainwater harvesting:
Naturally, these sizes of collection containers won't work for large families or those wishing to use collected rainwater for the majority of their water needs. In this case, larger systems are required. Much of the same principles apply and the systems are set up in a similar way, but with larger components and a large collection tank.
These systems, while more expensive to set up initially, are a fantastic long-term investment. You'll won't have to worry about wasting water if your smaller collection tank overflows, and you'll be able to rely on your water supply for the bulk of your water needs.
Choose your rainwater filter
Rainwater filters are an essential component for keeping debris out of your water tank. Rainwater filters connect to your downspout and the water passes through before entering the tank; the filter keeps out debris like leaves, dirt/moss from a roof, and even small insects. This is crucial to keeping a clean tank and keeping the collected water relatively clean for use.
It's important to note that if the water is intended for consumption, further steps are needed to purify water for drinking or for cooking - an exterior filter like we've just discussed is not enough for potable water. If you intend to drink the collected water, be sure to invest in a purification system separate in addition to your collection system!
More advanced options
More add-ons and filter products are available, as well as a wide variety of tank sizes and styles. If you're a beginner or if you're looking for more advanced upgrades to your system, we can help! Contact us today to find out more about complete systems - get help selecting components, work with our staff to design the system, and get quotes and pricing for different sized systems. We're here to help!