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Rainwater Harvesting 101: Everything You Need to Know Before You Start

Rainwater Harvesting 101: Everything You Need to Know Before You Start

Rainwater harvesting is the method of collecting rainwater for future use. The only other option is to let it flow into the sewer and drainage systems. Water tanks are typically used on farms and in rural areas. But it is quickly becoming an alternative for people in urban areas who want to live a more sustainable life.

What Can Rainwater Be Used For?

  • Commercial purposes
  • Residential purposes (showering/bathing, toilet flushing, washing clothing and watering the garden)
  • Agriculture 

The Different Parts of a Rainwater Harvesting System

The rainwater harvesting system is made up of four different components: the catchment, transportation, flush and filter.

Catchment System

This is the surface where the rain falls before it gets redirected. Your roof is one example. The rain falls onto it and is then redirected into the gutters. The bigger the catchment area, the more rainwater it will collect.

Transportation System

This refers to the drains and downpipes that move water from the roof. It is recommended that you use UV resistant pipes such as PVC. Install them with wire mesh to help filter dirt and debris that may come from your roof.

Flush System

Flushing is an essential part of rainwater harvesting and plays a significant part in cleaning your water. It assists in diverting the initial rainwater away from the water tank to prevent dirt from reaching it. It reduces the need for cleaning, making maintenance much easier and increases the durability of the system.

Filter System

This system removes unwanted contaminants and particles to ensure the water is safe for use. Chemicals, organic debris and metal particles are just some of the contaminants removed by the filtration system.

Are you ready to live more sustainably? Then rainwater harvesting might be for you. Get in touch with the team at Pioneer Plastics for more information, or head over to our online store to order your water tank today.

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