How To Harvest and Use Rainwater

Collecting rainwater is a great way to save some money and do your part to protect the environment. It is simple to do and has many benefits. 

Ways To Collect Rainwater

The most common method for rainwater harvesting is to position a container under your roof spouting. This way, all the water can run directly off the roof and into your tank or barrel. You can select materials that blend into your home so they aren’t overly noticeable. Standing water can be a place for mosquitos and other pests to congregate, so take some precautions. Cover your rainwater container with a lid when there is no precipitation and filter the contents before you use it. 

Another way to collect and use rainwater is by redirecting groundwater. You can pump the water into a container and use it water fields or areas that don’t get sufficient precipitation.

How To Use Rainwater

Rainwater harvesting was originally used in dry areas where having a water reserve was necessary in case of a drought. The water can be used on crops and gardens, or to water your lawn. The collected water is also suitable to give to animals to drink.

If you are going to use rainwater for human consumption, then it should first be purified. Get the help of an expert for this process to make sure the water is safe. After it has been treated, it can be used to drink or to do household chores. Running a washing machine and dishwater takes up a lot of water, so you can reduce your usage and water bills by taking advantage of the rainwater you have collected to perform these necessary tasks.

Once you have a system in place to harvest rainwater, it becomes an effortless process. You will have a steady supply of available water to use without running up your bill or depleting resources.