Come take a look at this Portugal homestead rainwater harvesting system tour which is how a homesteading family takes natural rainwater fall and direct it into underground water storage tanks.
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Water gathering is the amassing of water to be reused, in other words off grid rainwater harvesting.
Water can be gathered from rooftops, diverted downwards through rain gutters and into plastic water storage tanks. These water storage tanks can be above ground or hidden underground much like a cistern.
When water supply becomes limited, practical solutions can fill the gap. Rainwater harvesting systems provide distributed stormwater runoff containment while simultaneously storing water.
It can be used:
- flushing toilets
- washing clothes
- washing cars
- drinking water for homestead livestock animals
- purified for use as everyday drinking water
- agricultural purposes such as watering a garden, greenhouse, flowers and trees
This 260 Gallon Water Storage Tank is a vertical option that does not take up a lot of floor space if you wanted to store it inside a garage or in a hillside.
When water is a precious sacre resource, you will find washing cars and flushing toilets to be an amazing waste of water. There are other ways to accomplish those tasks.
After it falls from the sky, rainwater percolates through the earth and rocks, where it picks up minerals and salts. In many cases, this water also collects other contaminants such as industrial chemicals, pesticides and fecal coliform bacteria found in the soil. If captured before it hits the ground, rainwater is free of many pollutants that plague surface and underground water sources.
Wrapping it up, it is very important for us to collect rain (because it is free and abundant), and knowing how water is a scarce resource, we should really think about ways to preserve it, for us and our future generations.
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