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Collection and Harvesting Rainwater

Collecting rainwater is not a new invention it has been happening for the last 400 years. The method of collection has not changed but what we collect the rainwater in has. Instead of muddy holes in the ground you can now store your water in specially designed and manufactured underground water tank.

So how does it all work?

Normally the rainwater falls from the sky hits your roof down the down pipes and in to the drains. With rainwater harvesting when the rainwater hit the roof and goes down the down pipes, instead for going to the drains, it first gets filtered by a small sediment filter that stops any large objects such as leafs and moss from getting into the water tank. Next is another filter; this filters the rainwater more and then flows into the underground water tank.

Then what?

Well this part is up to you. What do you want to use the rainwater for; watering the garden? Flushing the toilet? etc.

If your want to simply water the garden and wash your car. You can install a submersible water pump that will suck the rainwater up and push through a garden hose.

However if you want to do something more advanced you can setup an indoor booster pump that will suck the rainwater from the tank and then pump it around your house and garden. This is connected to a pressure switch that activates the pump on demand.

So why should I harvest my rainwater?

Well the main benefit from harvesting rainwater is for those on water meters.  Every time you flush the toilet and average four litre of clean drinkable water is used.  Instead you can use the water that falls from the sky for free.

For gardening reasons, you should use rainwater instead of tap



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Rainwater Collection FAQ's

Q: I have a high water table and feel an underground water would not be suitable for me, what should i do?

A: High water tables are not uncommon, installing an underground can be down, however this would mean you encasing the entire tank in concrete. Otherwise if you still feel unsure about an underground water tank then you could have a large water tank over ground or a number of water butts connected together.

Q: Can I install a rainwater harvesting system in a existing house?

A: Yes a rainwater harvesting system can be install at anytime, however if you are thinking of a new build you are better to install while at the footing stage of the build.




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