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Harvesting System Broadly rainwater can be harvested for two purposes Storing rainwater for ready use in containers above or below ground Charged into the soil for withdrawal later (groundwater recharging) From where to harvest rain Rainwater harvesting can be harvested from the following surfaces Rooftops: If buildings with impervious roofs are already in place, the catchment area is effectively available free of charge and they provide a supply at the point of consumption. Paved and unpaved areas i.e., landscapes, open fields, parks, stormwater drains, roads and pavements and other open areas can be effectively used to harvest the runoff. The main advantage in using ground as collecting surface is that water can be collected from a larger area. This is particularly advantageous in areas of low rainfall.
From Appropedia Background In January 1996 we installed a rainwater catchment system to capture Oregon's abundant rainfall.
Harvest Rain - The Movie review by Doug Pushard In harvesting rainwater, the overwhelming majority of the attention is focused on active rainwater collection systems - that is systems with tanks and pumps. Passive rainwater catchment is too often overlooked, and yet, a very impactful and important practice. Passive rainwater collection is the art of slowing down rainwater and letting it infiltrate locally rather than channeling it too quickly running off the land. It promotes healing of the land and treats rainwater as an asset rather than a problem.
Harvesting Rain Downunder by Doug Pushard Rainwater harvesting is not just a topic of interest in the arid southwest, or even just parts of the United States; it is a topic of worldwide interest.
Edit Edited by KnowItSome, Flickety, Tom Viren, Markgro and 8 others You can harvest rain water at home.
What is a rain barrel? A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rain water from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains, streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Composed of a 55 gallon drum, a vinyl hose, PVC couplings, a screen grate to keep debris and insects out, and other off-the-shelf items, a rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under any residential gutter down spout. What are the advantages of a rain barrel?
Rainwater harvesting with multiple (modular) barrels I'm dependent on water and I'm hooked on barrels. With one installed, I just had to have more. I added another, and another.
A few years ago, I bought a 90 gallon rain barrel and hooked it up to my rain gutter on the far side of my house. I used it once in a while, but found it time consuming to fill watering cans and so it went mostly unused. Living near Seattle, I get about 37 inches of rain a year. I often see installed rain barrels around here used for gardens and flowers that are full and overflowing, not living up to their potential.
Functionality update: 21 June 2007 We spent a week visiting the grandkids. While we were away, the National Weather Service reported over an inch of rain in the area. The first barrel is full and there are no leaks. Now to add more barrels... Functionality update: 28 July 2007 I added the second barrel to this downspout using a 3/4" male pipe thread to hose adapter near the bottom of each barrel.
Sustainable System Every Raincycle system has a storage component and a water handling component. Proper sizing and configuration of both components is necessary to create a sustainable rainwater recycling system. Through site specific design and calculation we customize each system according your project's needs. Tank Sizing The first decision when designing a system is to determine the tank sizes.
The Capture System by Doug Pushard You have decided to invest in a rainwater harvesting system, but where do you start? What questions do you need to answer before you can build the right system to harvest rainwater? Let’s start with learning how much rain you can collect.
Residential Gutter Sizing by Doug Pushard Gutter sizing is an aspect of rainwater collection that has been studied extensively and can be calculated based on published guidelines in the plumbing codes. For example, the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) recommends that a gutter system be able to carry the runoff of the heaviest 60 minute downpour recorded in the last 100 years. The International Plumbing Code (IPC) has a similar, but not exact, published sizing recommendation.
Making Raingutters Work! Why gutter protection should be standard on every home. Reprinted by permission from the January 2007 Home Perservation Newsletter Copyright 2007 HPS Palo Alto, Inc. All Rights Reserved At HPS we receive a lot of requests for information about gutters and how to best take care of them. Rain gutters are quiet but critical components of a building’s roofing system.
Search The Renewable Energy site for Do-It-Yourselfers John's Post: Just wanted to share a simple idea. I have three dry creeks and 2/3rds of my ponds water has evaporated thanks to the drought of 2007.
Search The Renewable Energy site for Do-It-Yourselfers The first wootank was made a few years back as an experiment in low cost custom tank construction. I wrote about it about three years ago on my blog . It has been operating reliably for the last three years, with no signs of deterioration (beyond the initial design flaws this new tank hoped to address).