harvesting rainwater

Need a tank to get started?
Immediate right is a 600-Gallon Rainwater Collection above
ground tank. Imagine being able to water your garden for an hour
and its absolutely free! Rainwater stored in the collecting tank is
mostly used for watering landscapes and gardens. Using
rainwater instead of municipal water can help improve the health
of your gardens, lawns and trees. The proper use and
maintenance of this system can greatly reduce storm run-off into
local rivers and lakes. RTS rainwater collecting systems are
simple to install and are suitable for any household property size
or location. The tanks are manufactured using a commercial grade
polyethylene with UV8 inhibitors. This ensures that the storage
tanks will not fade or deteriorate over a period of 5 years.

Harvesting rainwater has four areas for your consideration:
    1. Location for collection (such as the roof of your home).
    2. A way to transport the water (drainage spouts and
    3. Place to store the rainwater (rain barrels).
    4. Use for the water (pump for watering your garden).

1. Rainwater collection.
Your rooftop is one of the best places for rainwater collection
(however, it's not advisable for drinking water! A house with a
2,000 square feet of roof could collect around 24 inches of
rainfall, which could bring about 30,000 gallons of water annually!

Cloth water pit. Another way to make a rain catching device from
a tarp is to wrap a long cloth around the trunk of a tree, so the
rain soaks the cloth and runs down the to drip into a container
like a water bottle. If you don't have a water bottle, you can use
your tarp.

2. Drainage Spouts and Diverters.
You'll need drainage spouts and diverters to get the rainwater
where you need it -- into rain barrels, cisterns and water storage

3. Rain Barrels, cisterns and water storage tanks.

  • Great American Rain Barrel Company Rain Barrel. The
    rain barrel provides a large 60 gallon capacity to water your
    garden and plants. With its built in handles this barrel is
    easy to move when empty, so it can be located anywhere
    you have a down spout and plants that need water.

4. Rainwater Pumps.
Now you'll need a pump to get the water from your tank to your

  • The RainPerfect Pump. The RainPerfect pump and solar
    panel install easily and provide plenty of pressure to run
    water through a garden hose. The pump provides enough
    pressure to run most low pressure sprinklers, was a car or
    water just about anything around your home. A convenient
    solar panel captures natural energy from the sun eliminating
    the need for electrical power to charge the battery. This
    makes the RainPerfect pump ready to go anywhere, anytime
    and involves no additional utility cost for you.

Happy endings...
Water is life! Collect water and cherish it.

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How to harvest rainwater and how to filter it for drinking

Harvesting rainwater.
The time to build a well is not when you're thirsty. Likewise, the
time to harvest rainwater and learn how to filter rainwater, is not
when you're thirsty.

How to Filter Rainwater for Drinking
One of the most important things you can do as a prepper is to
store water and while
there are many water storage options, you
should also have a quality filter, such as a
Big Berkey, Lifestraw,
or Katadyn.

Prepare for your family today, by harnessing fresh water for
tomorrow and learning how to filter rainwater properly. Water
need not be scarce when you have a plan to collect rainwater,
direct your source of water to a storage, and pump water to when
and where you need it.

How to Harvest Rainwater

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