How to take advantage of rainwater

Rainwater harvesting

Rainwater has several qualities that make it suitable for various uses in the home. If you live in a province where it rains a lot, you can take advantage of it and gather This water to use later, is simpler than it seems, you can simply place a tub in the patio and let the rain fall or improve the work and collect the rainwater that comes from the roof of your home.

Rainwater that falls on your roof can be channeled through gutters directed to a covered container so that the water don't get dirty, just leave the hole to fall from the gutter. The water will reach a deposit that can be exposed or buried, made of concrete or plastic or decorative and its capacity depends on the use that you will give it and the amount of rain that usually falls in your city. It is necessary to place a filter To contain the leaves and other solid residues and another filter must prevent the entry of animals.

Once in the Deposit you will have to create a network so that it is distributed to the places of the house where you need it. It should be a complementary resource to the original home network but should not be mixed. When the water in the tank runs out, a switch will allow the water from the normal network to circulate. The design of the rainwater network is directed to the places in the house where you want to take advantage of it, it can be driven by a bomb. There are companies that sell and install this equipment or you can do it yourself if you have some knowledge of plumbing.

This water it's clean, free, lime free, and its collection does not suppose exaggerated expenses. Its use is usually intended for toilet, washing machine, dishwasher, water for swimming pools, cleaning of the house and to make our grounds (plants and trees) and orchards family be more sustainable.

In provinces such as Galicia where it usually rains frequently and abundantly, many families have installed rainwater recycling systems in their homes, achieving savings of 50 percent potable water, an advantage both for the domestic economy and for the the environment.


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  1.   oscar said

    I'm interested in how to make a filter for the first rainwater