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The time to build a well is not when you're thirsty. Prepare for
your family today, by harnessing fresh water for tomorrow. Water
need not be scarce when you have a plan to collect rainwater,
direct your source of water to a storage, and pump water to when
and where you need it.

Resources for harvesting rainwater

  • Water Storage Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifiers and Ponds, by
    Art Ludgwig, pictured left, is the complete do-it-yourself
    guide to water storage. This invaluable resource for
    designing, building, and maintaining water tanks, cisterns,
    and ponds, and sustainably managing groundwater storage
    will assist you with handling your independent water system,
    fire protection setup, and disaster preparedness plan, while
    keeping costs low and incorporating ecologically sound
    designs. It also includes building instructions for several
    styles of ferro-cement water tanks.

  • Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1,
    2nd Edition: Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain into Your
    Life and Landscape by Brad Lancaster.  Take note because
    he created and lives on a thriving solar-powered 1/8th-acre
    urban oasis in downtown Tucson, Arizona, which harvests
    100,000 gallons of rainwater a year where just 12 inches
    falls from the sky.

Need a tank to get started?
Immediate right is a 600-Gallon Rainwater Collection above
ground tank. Imagine being able to water your garden for an hour
and its absolutely free! Rainwater stored in the collecting tank is
mostly used for watering landscapes and gardens. Using
rainwater instead of municipal water can help improve the health
of your gardens, lawns and trees. The proper use and
maintenance of this system can greatly reduce storm run-off into
local rivers and lakes. RTS rainwater collecting systems are
simple to install and are suitable for any household property size
or location. The tanks are manufactured using a commercial grade
polyethylene with UV8 inhibitors. This ensures that the storage
tanks will not fade or deteriorate over a period of 5 years.

Harvesting rainwater has four areas for your consideration:
    1. Location for collection (such as the roof of your home).
    2. A way to transport the water (drainage spouts and
    3. Place to store the rainwater (rain barrels).
    4. Use for the water (pump for watering your garden).

1. Rainwater collection.
Your rooftop is one of the best places for rainwater collection! A
house with a 2,000 square feet of roof could collect around 24
inches of rainfall, which could bring about 30,000 gallons of water

2. Drainage Spouts and Diverters.
You'll need drainage spouts and diverters to get the rainwater
where you need it -- into rain barrels, cisterns and water storage

3. Rain Barrels, cisterns and water storage tanks.

  • Great American Rain Barrel Company Rain Barrel. The rain
    barrel provides a large 60 gallon capacity to water your
    garden and plants. With its built in handles this barrel is
    easy to move when empty, so it can be located anywhere
    you have a down spout and plants that need water.

4. Rainwater Pumps.
Now you'll need a pump to get the water from your tank to your

  • The RainPerfect Pump. The RainPerfect pump and solar
    panel install easily and provide plenty of pressure to run
    water through a garden hose. The pump provides enough
    pressure to run most low pressure sprinklers, was a car or
    water just about anything around your home. A convenient
    solar panel captures natural energy from the sun eliminating
    the need for electrical power to charge the battery. This
    makes the RainPerfect pump ready to go anywhere, anytime
    and involves no additional utility cost for you.

Happy endings...
Water is life! Collect water and cherish it.

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