Amazing Tips for Collecting Rainwater

More and more homeowners are trying to focus on ecological solutions to some of our current issues. Instead of paying for electricity and water, we prefer harnessing resources from nature itself. This state of mind is great, both for homeowners and the Earth; instead of using governmental facilities, we can harness resources ourselves and energy consumption is minimal.

So, why focus on water?

Food and water are resources of and for the future. As the global population continues growing, we need to do our fair share of conservation. At the same time, this is our cheapest option. Plus, using clean rainwater is much better than relying on processed tap water. If all of that weren’t enough, there is also the question of irrigation. A lot of homeowners grow plants. Some of them are edible too. Most of them spend a lot of money to sustain such a system due to high water expenses. With your own water, you can create a self-sustainable system and from that point onward, you will never be forced to rely on a local government.
Amazing Tips for Collecting Rainwater

How to collect rainwater?

There are two main ways for collecting rainwater:

Water barrels
Rainwater collection system

If you have no experience with collecting rainwater or if you have limited resources, we recommend that you start with water barrels.

Water barrels are rather inexpensive. Furthermore, you can get them from most any nearby retail outlet. Depending on use, you can either opt for metallic or plastic canisters. If you wish to use rainwater for garden work and cleaning (irrigation or cleaning your car) it is perfectly fine to get and use a metal barrel.

However, it is much better to get a plastic container simply due to its longevity and durability. In the end, it is really hard to dissolve plastic and corrosion doesn’t affect it. On top of that, plastic barrels are much more sanitary and they are a better choice if you decide to further process the water (filtering water for drinking).

A rainwater collection system is much more complex. It also requires a bigger investment. However, with it, you can direct water straight to your home.

When installing rainwater collection system, you have to place tanks into the ground. Through a system of pipes, water from your gutters will be directed into the tanks where it will be stored. When you need to use it, water will pass through a filter and a rainwater tank pump and then, it will be sent to pipes and ultimately, to your home.

Given how complex this system is, you will have to rely on a professional help for installment. But, after that, you will never again have issues with water as you will have your own water supply.

Potential Issues:

It is of the utmost importance to close off the tanks/barrels. If you have a child or a beloved pet, there is a chance that one of them might end up in one of them. Luckily, the chance of that is rather low. However, mosquitoes are a realistic danger. Mosquitoes breed in humid areas, near the large pools of water. In that regard, your barrels are ideal for them. If you use water for drinking, this may pose a realistic health hazard.

Here are some tips that will help you handle this situation:

Closing off the barrels
Adding a larva-eating goldfish to barrels
Using products against mosquitoes
Emptying the barrels once in a while

Similar to the collection of solar energy, water collection is the future. If you are serious about this, you should definitely install a water collection system. Even the simple barrels can serve you nicely if you wish to use that water for gardening.

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