Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting rainwater from house top roofs, tents and other places of business. It involves collecting and storing the water inside a reliable rainwater harvesting tank system until it is ready for use. Water is one of those natural resources that can be recycled over and over again. We use water for a variety of task such as bathing, washing, irrigation, and also for swimming. However, rainwater can be used for the same tasks, but only after is has been purified. Before the purification process or before it reaches an aquifer it can be used for livestock and irrigation, in its rawest form it is not acceptable for human consumption.
Rainwater harvesting is sometimes confused with storm water harvesting. There is a huge difference in these two techniques; one distinct difference being, storm water harvesting is where water is collected from a creek or from a drain. It is also collected from other surfaces like gardens, parks, streets, and playing areas. The farther the water has to travel the more sediments it pick up along the way and the more polluted it becomes. Harvesting rainwater is proven to be an excellent way to save our water supply.
Rainwater harvesting tank
There are a few rainwater harvesting methods that are widely in use and proves to be very effective in recycling water. An aquifer is the process of using underground water which is extracted by means of using simple water wells. Aquifers depths range from surface heights to really deep depths. Usually the depths range from 500 feet to 5 miles. Tanks can be placed above or beneath the ground; where the tank is located depending on soil factors and temperature settings outside. Some tanks are suited for underground only if they have a lining like the kind found in swimming pools. The tanks are constructed of different materials such as fiberglass, wood, metal, concrete, ferrocement, stone, or polyethylene.
The weight of these tanks determines how much water they can hold. For instance, the fiberglass tanks are not only lightweight, they lasts for quite a while and can hold from 50 to 1500 gallons of water with no problems. They are also easy to repair if they become damaged. However, the most widely used systems are the polyethylene tanks. They are commonly found on farms and ranches where a large supply of water is needed on a continuous basis. Investing in rainwater conservation is an excellent way to get into recycling one of earth’s most precious resources.