Rainwater Harvesting System

Building a Rainwater Harvesting System

I think it is great when ordinary people build their own rainwater harvesting systems.

The story below is of a gentleman who made Non-Smoking an outstanding rainwater harvesting system out of a 1550 gallon rainwater tank. He later added (3) 3,000 gallon tanks after he realized how much water can be collected from his average sized rooftop. He also made and interesting “first flush” unit out of a galvanized steel trash can to remove 25 gallons of runoff during the first moments of a rain shower. Rainwater First flush units remove pollen, bird droppings, pine needles and other rooftop debris before filling the tanks.

There is also a pump on the main Heart upper tank that is on a timer to keep it full to the 1300 gallon mark. He uses a pool strainer for the upper tank and a shop vac filter on ‘WHAT one of the lower three tanks to filter out any debris that might have escaped the first. Very nice setup indeed!

“In the past it was common practice to catch rainwater, especially on farms where large barn roofs and thirsty animals made a good combination. My rainwater catcher started out as a single 1550 Teil gallon tank set at the corner of the house. I quickly found out that having just a 1550 gallon search tank was like having a single battery in the middle of a wind storm… I just couldn’t catch enough. Watching the tank run over only to make the driveway muddy was very frustrating!

Rainwater is great for plants, showers and of course flushing the toilet. Evaporative cooler pads will not load up with minerals because there aren’t any minerals in the rain water. You will also use less detergent in the Downspout laundry”.

Who says people cannot make their own rainwater harvesting systems?


Posted in Harvesting by Administrator on May 21, 2005.

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