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What do I need to do to get started?

To get started, it is important to consider the following questions…

  1. What is the overall square footage the roof of your house or structure?
  2. What materials make up the roof of your house or structure?
  3. What is the end use of the stored rainwater?
  4. How much water do you need?
  5. How much do you want to store?
  6. How do you want to store it?

Once you have determined the scale and scope for your individual system visit our products page or give us a call at 1-800-783-3207. We also offer full consultations, site inspections and design-build solutions to help you with your decisions.

What is rainwater harvesting?

Rainwater harvesting is the gathering, or accumulating and storing, of rainwater. It is collected from the roofs of houses, tents and local institutions, or from specially prepared areas of ground, and can make an important contribution to drinking water. In some cases throughout the world, rainwater may be the only available or economical water source.

How is rainwater collected?

Rainwater can be collected the traditional way, when rain is collected in natural or man-made earthworks such as ditches or ponds, or when rain is collected in containers such as tanks, cisterns or rain barrels.

What is rainwater used for?

The rules and stipulations for using rainwater vary greatly from state-to-state and country-to-country. Generally, you can collect rainwater and use it as you see fit for:

  • Landscaping
  • Watering gardens
  • Flushing toilets
  • Washing Machines
  • Drinking water (with proper purification)

For detailed information on particular states, please see our resources page.

How can I calculate how much water I use?

Since everyone’s usage varies, it’s difficult to give a rough estimate of your daily usage. Our resources page offers some calculators that can help you determine how much water you use.

Can I drink rainwater?

Absolutely - with the proper safeguards. If you do plan to use the collected rainwater for drinking, make sure the materials and/or coatings used in the construction of the storage reservoir have been tested to ensure they do not leach harmful contaminants into the water being stored.

Regular microbiological testing should be performed on all non-municipal drinking water supplies to ensure the water does not contain any harmful forms of bacteria. The U.S. EPA recommends that consumers have their private water supplies checked at least annually for bacterial contamination by the local health department. In some situations, it may be necessary to install a home water treatment system to disinfect the water or to filter other impurities from the rainwater supply.

Where can I learn more about rainwater harvesting?

There is a whole host of websites, blogs, white papers and great information on the web. We have taken the time to gather some of those resources here.