11 OCTOBER, 2019

Monsoon has been very satisfactory this year. Though rain could lead to some troubles like water logged streets and overflowing potholes, we can collect the same rainwater by proper management and save it for the future through the process of Rainwater Harvesting.

Harvesting rainwater is a process in which water is collected and stored into reservoirs. You can use this water after a few necessary treatments for gardening, livestock and even drinking. To start harvesting water at home, you have to find the places where you can naturally collect rainwater.

Take a look around your property and you will certainly find some place to start rainwater harvesting yourself. You can use the following four easy ways of rainwater harvesting.

Using the Drainage System of the Roof

You need to designate a section of your roof to start harvesting rainwater. These days, roofs are well equipped with drains and other features making it the best area to collect water. You can use the drains to let the water flow directly below the steep part of the roof where the water tends to gather.

Setting up a Splash Block

Fitting pit stop on roof directs the pouring rainwater from rooftop pipes to the foundation of your house. A splash block is a piece of rectangular-shaped concrete or plastic that is placed beneath the downspout. Splash blocks are the best way to control soil erosion as they prevent holes from being dug into your garden. You can divert the rainwater collected by using splash blocks into the garden around your house. You can plant native plants that grow with minimal care on this harvested water. Such gardens are known as a rain garden. This will enable you to remove pollutants from the water as well as increase the percolation rate of water into the ground.

Using a Rain Barrel

This is a very effective way to harvest rainwater in cities. You can direct the rainwater into a large barrel and store it for future purposes. You can either buy a barrel or can easily make it with everyday household items such as an old drum or buckets. You can fit pipes on the rooftop to direct the water towards the barrel, where it will be collected. If you are using a rain barrel to harvest rainwater, cover it with a lid while not being used to avoid the trouble caused by mosquitoes.

Building a Reservoir for Rain

This is the most effective way to store rainwater. By using pipes, you can gather the rainwater from your property and store it in a tank. You can also use filters to purify the water and use it for gardens or cleaning purposes.

Due to the increasing scarcity of water, the government is instructing private construction companies to provide rainwater harvesting facilities. As a first time home buyer, you need to ask your builder regarding this facility. If your property lacks a proper rainwater harvest system, you can fix it. Some of the above options are cost-effective, whereas, for efficient options like drainage systems, you can take the help of home loans for renovation of the house.

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