Everyone knows we as human beings require clean, drinkable water to survive. Many, however, do not consider the electrical energy required to treat, purify and supply the water used daily by the majority of people in developed countries and cities around the world, as well as just how much water is needed.
Rain Tanks | How to Protect a Rainwater Tank from Freezing
Freezing temperatures are both a challenge and concern for rainwater harvesting tanks and practice across much of the United States. Whenever winter arrives or sudden cold fronts come through, there may be water still left in a tank. This is especially true for rainwater systems that harvest large volumes of rainfall, setups with large storage… [Read More]
Rain Tanks | Above Ground vs Underground Rainwater Tanks
In the practice of rainwater harvesting, there are multiple types of collection containers good to use but only two main locations for a container to be positioned and installed: above ground or underground. There are advantages and disadvantages to each location as well as selective features available to each type of tank. Whenever planning a… [Read More]
Rain Tanks | How to Ensure Consistent, Optimal Rainwater Quality
When practicing rainwater harvesting, ensuring consistent, optimal water quality is always ideal. In some applications, such as indoor uses or providing water for animals such as livestock, it is a requirement. Maintaining a steady, high quality rainwater supply will improve the overall health of the system, reduce maintenance needs, and ensure water of the right… [Read More]
Rain Tanks | Using a Rainwater Harvesting System for Livestock
Rainwater harvesting is the practice of collecting the precipitation that regularly falls on a property for its use as an alternative or supplemental water source and supply in water-requiring activities. In this post, livestock is used to mean all manner of cattle, poultry, swine, sheep, goats, and horses. Installing and using a rainwater harvesting system… [Read More]
Rain Tanks | Why Should I Not Drink Rainwater (Before Treating It)?
Rainwater collected directly from the sky, meaning not collected from any surface such as a roof, can be pure, safe water that is okay to drink. On the other hand, rainwater that has first flowed over a surface can pick up contaminants and debris from animals, plants, and remains which can contain pathogens. Pathogens are… [Read More]
Rain Tanks | Components of a Successful Rainwater Harvesting System
It doesn’t take much to successfully harvest rainwater that is suitable for use around a home or property to water the landscape. At its most simple, all that’s needed for rainwater harvesting is a good surface to catch rain from, a container, and a means to channel rainwater to that container. But by adding a… [Read More]