For many regions of the country, drought can cause a serious problem with water shortages, high temperatures, and little or no rain. Luckily, the rise in popularity of earth friendly living has created a movement of people catching and harvesting rain water in order to use it for a variety of different projects and other uses in times of need. Installing a rain catchment system can be done at home without the help of professionals, though extremely complex rain harvesting and rain water treatment systems can also be installed by professionals. By taking a look at your water needs, budget, and the various types of water catching systems, you can determine the best system for your home.
Types of Rain Catchment Systems
There are many different types of rain catchment systems. The most simple form of rain harvesting comes in the form of rain barrels. Rain barrels can be placed outside in an open area, or at the end of a gutter or water spout in order to collect rain water over time. This water may be contaminated and it is not suitable for drinking. However, untreated rain water can be used for a variety of other water-heavy tasks such as gardening. For a more complex system that produces potable water, rain catchment systems can be set up on the roof of a a house with a series of pipes to collect the rain water and a series of filtration systems to filter out any possible contaminates. These systems can be commercially purchased and can contain a complex series of pipes and high quality filtration and water treatment components. However, a DIY version of these systems can be made by making a few adjustments to a traditional rain barrel system. By adding high grade filters to your existing gutter system, using more closed pipes, and directing your water into a covered barrel, you can achieve an at home rain water system that filters out many of the harmful contaminates in untreated rain water.
Benefits of Rain Harvesting
The world’s population continues to grow at a rapid rate. However, as the number of people increases, the number of potable water sources does not. In the United States, we have the luxury of showering in, washing dishes with, and watering our plants with drinkable water. By simply using a rain catchment system like rain barrels, we can harvest rain water for tasks that we do not need to use potable water for, and save a great deal of fresh, drinkable water. Also, by creating or purchasing a filtered rain catchment system, we can create our own source of drinkable water in order to not use as much in our homes.
By installing a rain catchment system on your home, you will not only be helping your local community in times of drought and low rain, but you will also be helping the global population by limiting the amount of treated, potable water that you use. By using less water, we can help to improve the quality of the earth and the lives of the people in it.