Articles in Rainwater Harvesting

A Few Rainy Seasons Won’t Stop The Coming Drought
Scientists expect greenhouse gases to cause a historic dry period in the Great Plains this century. Despite recent rains from El Niño, New Mexico is in one of its driest periods since the 1950s. According to this article the droughts are far from being over, the rain was a welcomed reprieve, ...
Barsha pump provides irrigation water, but doesn't need fuel
Climate-KIC, a European-union climate innovation initiative, recently selected a jury of entrepreneurs, financiers and business people to award funding to what they felt were Europe’s best clean-tech innovations of 2014. Taking first place was Dutch startup aQysta, a Delft University of Techno...
California: Why We Can't Survive The Drought, And Discovering The Real Problem
I've recently had communication with Colorado State Congressmen and Women, and have spent some time researching the fact that rainwater catchment has been illegal in urban locations, and only legalized recently for residents with 30 acres or more. Even now, a new bill has been presented to allow eve...
Catching Rain On A Bigger Scale: What We Know Can Help Us ... We Must Act On It
Rainwater collection isn't a new concept.  You'll notice this video was made in 2007 California.  So if we had planned for drought when we were thinking about it, you would think it really wouldn't have affected so much.  But building the infrastructure on a larger scale in cities to ...
DIY Ram Pump
Water management is an important factor for everyone homesteading or living off-grid. Here is a diy ram pump that might be just what you were looking for. But what are ram pums? Ram pumps have been around for many decades and are popular for two main reasons: They need no external source of...
Drilling a Water Well on Your Land: What You Should Know
Introduction Whether you are thinking about drilling a water well on your property or about buying land and would like to know the potential for drilling on that property, you should consider many things. There are no simple solutions, no detailed maps of ground-water presence, and no guarantees. Bu...
Four Methods Of Rainwater Harvesting For Lower Bills And Ready Supply
It can be easy to take rainwater for granted, particularly if you live in a temperate or tropical climate where drought is a rare event. But we need to pay more attention to rainwater, because this resource, so essential to all live on earth, is not infinite. We should all be conscious of the water ...
Home Made 220 Gallon Rain Barrel Collection System For $150.00
Homemade 220 gallon rain barrel system for under $150. Uses 1 water inlet and uses water from all barrels with 1 hose connection. This system is also easily expandable to more barrels.   You begin by having level ground, and building a raised platform for the barrels.   And here's what ...
How To Build a Rainwater Harvester Using a Slow Sand Filter
Capture the rain! (Now legal in Washington state). A quick look at roof water harvesting using a slow sand filter combined with a diverter. This is an overview of the procedure and a demonstration of a working system. These videos shows the setup of a roof water harvesting using a slow sand filter c...
How To Filter Rainwater in a Barrel – 100 Year Old Technology
Here in California water has a topic of conversation wherever we go. Creeks and ponds dried up (some we think might never recover) and the water table dropped, forcing a few neighbors to have their well pumps lowered or to even have deeper wells drilled.  Many folks have shared memories of&nbs...
How To Get Well Water Without Electricity
Written byRich M   Considering that most disasters can cause serious disruptions in the water supply and the importance of water for survival, putting in a well is a great idea. Of all the possible sources for water, having a well on your own property is the most secure source you can have. E...
It's Now Legal To Catch A Raindrop In Colorado
Todd S. Anderson used to keep his rain harvesting a secret. DURANGO, Colo. — For the first time since territorial days, rain will be free for the catching here, as more and more thirsty states part ways with one of the most entrenched codes of the West. Janine Fitzgerald, associate prof...
Melbourne Water Encourages Australian Citizens to Build 10,000 Rain Gardens
Melbourne Water, a water supply company owned by the Victorian State Government, is encouraging Australian residents to create 10,000 rain gardens – and they’re already up to 7,804! A rain garden is a water-saving garden that is designed to capture stormwater from hard surfaces such...
Off Grid Rainwater System Collects, Stores, and Purifies Water (Video)
Whether you are trying to save a few dollars on your water bill, are concerned about water conservation, or you just want to be independent and off grid, Rainwater harvesting and storage is viable for almost any situation and amount of water needed.The system is relatively simple and very low mainte...
Portable machine turns salt water into drinking water using solar power
Around the world, there is more salty groundwater than fresh, drinkable groundwater. For example, 60 percent of India is underlain by salty water — and much of that area is not served by an electric grid that could run conventional reverse-osmosis desalination plants. By using solar power to c...
Rain Barrels, Cistern or Well? (Explained)
Our friends at Pure Life of Living, have shared with us this article in which they discuss off grid water system solutions, which one is best for you; is it rain barrels? Cistern? Well? You will get an idea of what might be best suited for your homestead after watching this video. Having a reliable...
Rainwater Collection Made Easy With a 600 Gallon Water Bladder
In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook installs a rainwater collection system for yard and garden irrigation.Steps:1. Sweep the concrete patio clean of all debris.2. Chip off all concrete bumps and ridges from the patio with a hammer and cold chisel. Sweep the patio clean agai...
Saving precious rainwater for a sunny day (Video)
Rainwater harvesting is a technology used for collecting and storing rainwater from rooftops, the land surface or rock catchments using simple techniques such as jars and pots as well as more complex techniques such as underground check dams. The techniques usually found in Asia and Africa arise fro...
Southern California’s Most Water-Conscious Resident?
by Rob Greenfield This might sound bold but I’m going to put myself out there. Am I Southern California’s most water-conscious resident?   I use less than 5 gallons of water per day, harvest rain water, poop in a compost toilet, shower in the ocean, and use most of my water at least...
Unplugging the Colorado River: The End of the Dam
WEDGED between Arizona and Utah, less than 20 miles upriver from the Grand Canyon, a soaring concrete wall nearly the height of two football fields blocks the flow of the Colorado River. There, at Glen Canyon Dam, the river is turned back on itself, drowning more than 200 miles of plasma-red gorges ...
Urban Rainwater Harvesting - Hang On To Some Of That Good Water!
So it's from the perspective that you live in a home that you either have paid for, or are making payments on, and you have decided to move forward with sustainability ideas you have heard about on this page or on another.  You're trying to figure out how to begin, and since your local water bi...
Watercone: Air Water Distiller and Harvester
What is a Watercone? A Product that enables anyone, in a most simple fashion, an independent, cheap and mobile solar Potable Water generation from sea water or brackish water on the base of condensation by solar still. This Invention represents a conical, self-supporting and stackable Unit made fro...
What Is A Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter? (Video Review)
A water filter is one of the most important pieces of gear you can carry. Without water, your chances of surviving for any length of time are pretty small. Not having enough clean drinkable water prevents your body from carry out its normal functions, and can lead to death in as little as three days...
When it Pours in Dry LA, Water Quickly Runs Out to Sea
Winter rains finally hit water-starved southern California in January. The first bands of El Niño storms delivered around three inches to Los Angeles alone, and more is expected. But nearly all that water went straight into the Pacific Ocean. After four years of punishing drought, that may se...
Why Everyone Should Care About Rainwater Harvesting
(and How to Do It) Rain, rain, go away? Don’t be so quick to reject the water falling from the sky. Turns out harvesting rainwater is an ancient practice with loads of modern-day benefits. Here’s the lowdown on the practice, and how to put the rain that falls on your home to good use....