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How to Choose a Rain Harvesting Tank

As we all know too well, California is in a massive drought. Luckily, we have been fortunate to have a few days of rain recently this year. So, it would be unfortunate for us to waste these opportune times to collect rainwater. Conservation is two-fold. One, it is important for us to use water wisely and limit use when possible. Two, it is critical for us to have the ability to collect and save water that might otherwise be lost and or wasted. Also, rainwater is an economical, safe and sustainable source of quality water when it is captured and stored in the correct manner. There are 3 steps in harvesting rainwater:

  1. Collect rainwater
  2. Store the water
  3. Correctly distribute rainwater

When selecting a tank or container for storage, there are a variety of choices. Water tanks and cisterns are available in polyethylene plastic, fiberglass, and steel, which are the ideal for rain harvesting. Rainwater is typically collected off the roof of a house or other building in addition to the water storage tank the following accessories are commonly used in a rain collection system.

  • Leaf downspout filters
  • First flush water diverters
  • Tank manhole screens
  • Tank water level indicators

All walks of life can benefit from this stored water including:

  • Homeowners
  • Commercial businesses
  • Industrial firms
  • Municipalities
  • Government agencies
  • Agriculture

Rainwater, when stored has multiple uses and applications depending on how the water is collected & filtered. There are an abundance of situations where rainwater can be used:

  • Potable water for drinking and cooking
  • Operations of plumbing fixtures
  • Landscape and crop irrigation
  • Fire suppression
  • Disaster emergency back-up supply
  • Livestock and pet water
  • Agriculture
  • Fish containment
  • Car washing
  • Swimming pools
  • Ponds
  • Landscape water features
  • Dust control on roads and job sites
  • Sprinklers for frost protection
  • And much, much more

As you can see, the benefits of rain harvesting are endless. Living in a place where rainwater is scarce, we need to learn to collect it, store it, and use it. The most important thing to remember is not to waste it when we do get
rain!

For more thrilling information about water tanks be sure to stay tuned to our next blog article!!

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