Rainwater collection

Image result for Collecting RainwaterHarvesting Rainwater is Easier Than You May Think
Rainwater collection is significantly easier to do than I thought. With only small modifications to a gutter system on a house you can divert rain water in the gutter into large capacity containers that can save tens of thousands of gallons of non-potable water.
Capture Systems are Easy to Construct
With little more than correcting your gutter’s downspout to pour into a rain barrel you can begin to capture rainwater. Adding screens or filters to the downspout and a lid to the barrel will help keep debris out of the barrel. There are more elaborate things you can buy to automate the process of rainwater capture that will keep debris and creatures from your supply.
The amount of water coming off of your roof system far more than you may think. No matter the layout or pitch of your roof that the square footage of your home will determine how much rainwater is diverted into your gutter system. The key is going to be the design of your gutter system. Without a great gutter system harvesting rainwater isn’t going to be easy.
Harvesting rainwater doesn’t need to be expensive. Watch this movie by southernprepper1 as he describes an inexpensive way of harvesting rainwater.
Rainwater Capture Systems Can Be Elaborate
There are several great videos available that teach rainwater collection. This link takes you to a collection of videos that provide detailed directions how. Watching these videos will teach you how you can link multiple storage components together. You’ll also learn about overflow systems to maintain your barrels full.
As you saw from the movie rainwater capture systems can store hundreds or thousands of gallons and be automatic. Rotating your water supply by using it to water gardens will help keep the water clean.
Before beginning this project you need to appear at your local regulations. Local laws may limit capturing of rainwater.
I do plan on replicating this setup at our dwelling. In our neighborhood I am not allowed to have rain barrels outside the home. I will set ours up in the garage and path our downspouts inside to fill them. This will cost me more than an outside system but it’ll be well worth the effort and cost.
No matter what size of capture system you have you are going to have to purify the rainwater before you drink it. Please pay close attention to this detail as rainwater does contain impurities which you don’t want to drink.

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