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Rainwater harvesting has a long history. Over 5000 years people have been collecting rainwater, storing it, and use it for different purposes.
It can be used as drinking water, but you have to filter it before. Rainwater from a roof will have very different qualities, but we recommend water treatment with filters before drinking it. Rainwater will pick up pollutants while running down your roof: Mercury from coal burning buildings and power plants, dioxins, bird and other animal feces. Some rooftop materials leach out chemicals that would be harmful to human health as drinking water, but using this water in flushing toilets, watering your garden flowers, and washing your car is still a good rainwater usage.|
The best thing about Rainwater collection is that the availability of drinking water is more secure. Put good water in the soil and your vegetables grow better, urban greenery balances heat and pollution. More water in the subsoil water level fills up our aquifers. Household rainfall catchment systems are always helpful, if you have a well, if you are on public water supply, or you have no other accessible water sources. With an rainwater tank you can actively be part of groundwater recharge.
Rainwater harvesting systems are very simple to construct. Tanks can be built out of cinder-blocks or brigs are good weather resistant materials. There are several types of systems to harvest rainwater, ranging from very simple home systems to complex industrial systems. The rate at which water can be collected from either system is dependent on the plan area of the system, its efficiency, and the intensity of rainfall.|
At Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve we collect rainwater for over a decade.|
Our building has a metal roof, so it was easy to add gutters
Simple plastic pipes guide the rainwater in an 1550 gallon rainwater tank.
On the other side of the house we have constructed two low cost 760 gallon tanks out of cinder-blocks with a liner in it. Gravity feeds a faucet.
A house-water pump brings the rainwater to the other faucets with just the right pressure.
Of course, all powered by solar energy.
Our plants love it and grow much better than with our very hard well water!
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If you want to adapt a green way of life you could start with conserving fresh water.
Earth has plenty of water but we are starting to run out of healthy drinking water as progressively more people are living here on this planet.
You have heard the water conservation news in tv channels regularly when they report on the seriousness of the situation.
Finding freshwater is more complicated in large metropolitan areas. In the US, some large cities such as Los Angeles, New York, San Antonio, and Chicago often place constraints on their water usage.
We all can simply help the water shortage situation. Its not really costly at all and its fairly simple to get started, but it will make a huge difference by conserving hundreds, maybe even thousands of gallons of water each and every year. This is how you will be able to save some hard earned cash on your monthly water costs!|
Generally, you shall be using rainwater that you have stored. Rainwater will not cost anything to accumulate as it freely falls right from the sky.
WHAT do you need to collect rainwater?
Making use of a rain barrel and positioning it underneath the downspout of a drain is one simple way to do this. This water will not likely be suitable for drinking as it will contain deposits of dirt from the roof and possible traces of chemicals and dioxins it has obtained in the process.
Why collecting rainwater when it's unsafe to drink?
Think about your toilet, or for watering your main backyard garden or lawn! That way you won't have to waste fresh tap water.
Imagine: Each gallon of water you gather in your rain barrel is actually a gallon saved. You are going to be able to save revenue and very easily conserve water. If you are now living in an area that receives a significant amount of annual rainfall, by utilizing the 55 gallon rain barrel you can help save anywhere from 450 to 1000 gallons of water every year.
A good technique is to use several rain barrels to ensure that you can collect water from different areas of your house. Using this method, you can make the most of the massive amounts of water that normally ends up in gutters, runs off and often causes erosion.
It is easy to find rain barrels in hardware stores. You can also find rainwater barrels that enable you to use only the water you need at one time by making use of a spout. If you are a absolutely serious gardener, you can position large storage tank directly below the garden. These can accumulate enormous volumes of water.
Think about whether you must get some rain barrels and collect rainwater. You will be helping conserve water in addition to saving hard earned cash.
Isn't that a great idea?
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