Rainwater Harvesting, Storing Rainwater
Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting and storing Rainwater for refuse rather than letting it runoff. The traditional methods of collecting water involve harvesting the rain from the roof.
This traditional method of gathering water is a viable alternative for supplying households and businesses with water. Rainwater is not just harvested for agriculture purposes. The art of storing Rainwater is a norm in countries like Germany and Australia, and the trend of rainwater harvesting has now started in South Africa.
Ways of Harvesting Rain Water
Apart from rooftops, here are other common ways of harvesting rainwater:
Paved and Unpaved Areas
Rainwater can be harvested from parks, stormwater drains, landscapes, roads, pavements and other open areas. The benefit of using the ground as a surface for collecting water is it allows more water to be collected. This method works well in areas where rainfall is low.
Lakes, water tanks, ponds and other water bodies are highly capable of storing large quantities of Rainwater. In water harvested via this method can be used for meeting the water requirements of the entire city.
Many residential colonies have a network of stormwater drains. If areas such as these are maintained well, this is one of the most cost-effective methods of harvesting rainwater that too in large quantities.
Uses of Collected Rainwater
Did you know that Rainwater can be used anywhere you use tap water? It’s wasteful to use drinking water for flushing the toilets or watering the lawns, right? Harvested Rainwater is a great technique to reduce environmental footprint. Here are some of the uses of Rainwater:
- Water your lawn
- Irrigation purposes
- Wash vehicles and pets
- Wash driveways and sidewalks
- Refill the fish tank
- Use for indoor non-potable fixtures
The decision to store Rainwater depends on your region’s rainfall pattern and the ease of harvesting the water. By employing the right water harvesting technique, you could be saving money by saving water.
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