Yesterday I wrote about all the great benefits to Harvesting Rainwater. Today I’m going to tell you how to do it.
The process itself is quite simple and usually contains only a three different components. There are four main types of rainwater harvesting systems. These are:
- Domestic over ground system
- Domestic underground system
- Commercial over ground system
- Commercial underground system
The components required for installation are:
This aspect is where the water is collected. The usual areas for this part are a roof, terrace or courtyard. For garden use, a plastic barrel or large cylinder will be effective; however, it should contain a cover to avoid debris or other waste entering.
This isn’t an essential aspect but is recommended. This can either be electrical or manual. Manual systems are easier to install and are cheaper but an electrical system will make the process easier but do require installation and electrical knowhow, making them more expensive.
The gutter or downspout that you decide on must be directly connected to the water storage container. When rain leaves the catchment area, it will then fall into the guttering system so this area needs to be kept clean and debris free.
Tap or hose
This is another important part of the harvesting system as it is required to allow accessibility. It is also a good idea to connect a hose or something similar to make water removal and distribution as easy as possible.
This is only required if the water collected is intended to be used for cleaning and or personal consumption. These types of systems are easy to purchase and usually inexpensive.
This article was provided by Enerfina, UK based specialists in domestic and commercial renewable energy solutions and provider of high quality Photovoltaic Solar Panels