How about starting with a small rain barrel for your rainwater collecting? These are not your main source for collecting water for consumption. Rain collected from rooftops is often contaminated with bird droppings, mold and other debris that stagnate standing water. The only way to make collected rainwater safe for consumption is to boil it but this should only be done for emergency use and not as a permanent solution. This method should be used to collect water for your garden, lawn, or watering your house plants. Be careful that you are not breading mosquitoes in your rain barrels too.
You can not call a rain barrel a rainwater harvesting system because it is missing important components for filtration. If you are wanting the full rainwater filtration system for operating your home, then contact us or a local company that can talk to you more about the systems available.
The rainwater cistern is historically an underground basin of water, but it can also be an above ground barrel or tank. Much like an artificial well, cisterns are used to make sure that water is not contaminated nor suffers from evaporation. Probably the most effective but overlooked form of rainwater storage in the modern era rainwater cisterns are practical and can be aesthetically concealed below ground, behind fencing or trellis. Good materials for cisterns include plastic liners or membrane material in wood frames, ceramic, fiberglass, plastic and poly-tanks, as well as other potable liquid materials.
These are just a sample of starting to collect rainwater. Even the smallest way to catch is better than nothing. Our water is so precious, especially in the Blanco area. Think about putting those barrels (trash cans, etc) under those carports, metal roofs, barns, etc. and using that water to water your plants and lawns. Watch how your plants react. Then think about taking it one step further…put in that full rainwater harvesting system your home can work from. Some people use their well and a rainwater harvesting system. So many ideas, just what do you want to start with?
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