Rainwater Collection Gaining Huge Mainstream Momentum


There’s kind of an edgy, underground movement of conscious homeowners and environmentalists that are finding creative ways to capture water and reuse it for their needs.  BusinessWeek’s Malia Wollan just wrote an article called "Rainwater collectors work to ease shortages," and she talks about the popularity of the movement.  In the article, Wollan mentions a website called HarvestH20, which has seen an increasing number of visitors seeking information and advice on rainwater collection and reclamation. 

A rainwater harvesting system in its simplest form will comprise a collection system and holding tank with plumbing in between.  But systems range from the simple to the complex with water being used in a variety of ways, including as supplemental irrigation or household use.  You might even consider using a system to water your home garden, as is shown in the image above.   

Recently, there have been disputes between municipalities and homeowners with respect to ownership of water.  Depending on where you live and what you want to do with water, you’ll have to check with local ordinances and laws to make sure everything is legit (you may even have to get a permit). 

After that, you could recognize significant benefits to having a rainwater harvesting system: reduced reliance on local water supply, lower bills, less strain on local water supply, reduced flood flows, reduced topsoil loss, and improved plant growth, etc. 

If anyone is running a home or DIY system, make sure to drop a link to the image below so everyone can check it out. 

Flickr photo by watercache.com.

  • http://dallasprogress.blogspot.com Michael Davis

    I just saw the new Fort Worth magazine Green Home over the weekend. It had a rainwater collector. I think it’s cool. Are there different ways that it can be screened and are there any examples out there (plants, stone/brick/etc)?

  • Thurston Howell

    This business of requiring a permit to collect rainwater is totally beyond belief. Let’s say you’re destitute, and have no money to buy food or water. If it rains and you open your mouth and aim it up to collect the rainwater, will someone come by and send you to jail for collecting water without a permit?

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    Although it sounds crazy, there is a difference between opening up your mouth and placing a barrel or even a tank on your property. Check these two articles here for more information …

  • http://www.rainwaterpillow.com Juliana

    I found a very cool option for rainwater collection. It is a large pillow, 1,000 gal up to 40,000 gal that is stored in your crawl space or under a deck. Hidden out of sight! The kit has everything you need..filter, pilloe, pump, fitting and even a remote control to turn on the system. Check out The Original Rainwater Pillow.

  • http://www.gardensupermart.com/store/rain-barrels.php rain barrels

    Wow, that’s a HUGE rainwater harvester! Where did you get that?

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Super huge … it’s not mine though, the picture is from watercache at Flickr.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Duysen/1568685350 Jack Duysen

    I recently purchased a 250 gallon poly container made by “Kingtainer” of Shanghai. This poly tank is enclosed in a galvanized support system that allows a forklift to move the tank. It was originally used to hold Phosphoric acid used by the Pepsi-Cola company. I built a stand for it out of green treated 4×4 lumber and mounted the tank under a downspout serving a roof of 670 sq. ft.. Last night it rained 1 inch and filled the tank till it ran over! The tank valve is an 80mm fine thread male fitting and I’ve had no luck finding an adapter for it. I used a 3″x1.5″ no hub fitting, attached to a 1.5″x.75″slip to female thread PVC fitting, to a .75″ male thread to garden hose thread brass fitting. Works like a charm! Oh, by the way, the tank cost 50 bucks, found it on Craigslist.

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