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HOW TO MAKE RAINWATER CATCHMENT FOR TINY HOUSE

Rainwater Catchment

Of late, there has been an interesting trend in the housing industry. This trend has come to be known as the “Tiny House Movement”. The Tiny House Movement has caught the heart of many worldwide. People are now opting to downsize their living space with many reasons in mind. The most common reason is cutting down on your financial costs.  What goes hand in hand with the reason to downsize your living space is rainwater catchment.

Rainwater harvesting or Rainwater catchment is a favorite project for most tiny house owners. Truth be told, water is the basis of all life in our homes or gardens. So it makes sense to take advantage of the freely available water from rain. Catching water is a great way to cut down on water bills. In this post, we will look at creating a rainwater catchment system for your tiny home.

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE SETTING UP A RAINWATER CATCHMENT SYSTEM

Before you set up a rainwater catchment system, there are so many things you will have to consider. With the right choices, you will be able to get a good system that works for you. Here are some of the things you should consider.

1. UNDERSTAND YOUR WATER NEEDS

Regardless of how off-grid you may be living, you will need a reliable water supply. Rainwater collection is a good way to supplement your water needs. However, you will first have to calculate your water needs before choosing a system to use.  This action ensures you save on time and money by choosing a good rainwater catchment system.

2. MATERIALS NEEDED

The material to use really matters a lot when choosing a rainwater catchment system. If your area experiences spread out rainfall, you will need a smaller storage system. This can either be a pillow tank, 55 gallon drum or trashcan. For those who only experience a large portion of rain once in a while it might prove difficult. However, a storage system like a Cistern can prove beneficial in these areas.

3. HOW MUCH WATER DO YOU CONSUME

It is important to know the amount of water you consume in a month or year. This information is vital as it helps in choosing a storage system. To do this, you must examine factors like drinking, washing or even toilet flushing. Chances are you use more water than you estimate. You will thus want the rainwater catchment to harvest as much as possible. It is only through this action that you can supplement your water needs.

4. CALCULATE THE WATER YOU CAN HARVEST

Determining the amount of water you can harvest is of great importance. You should carry out an estimate for your tiny house before making a decision. This will mean keeping records of the monthly rainfall amounts as they may vary. With the accurate number you will know the amount of water to be harvested. Choosing a rainwater catchment system will thus be easier.

5. KNOW THE LAWS OF WATER COLLECTION IN YOUR STATE

Each state has its own laws on rainwater collection. It is thus not surprising to find a state where rain water is considered state property. You will, therefore, be prohibited from harvesting rainwater. Before going this route, you should contact the local authorities to know about their law.

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PARTS YOU NEED TO HARVEST RAIN WATER

You will need some parts to put your rainwater system together. This is regardless of whether you are going to use a small or large system. Below are some of the basics you will need to know before setting up a rainwater catchment system

• FIRST FLUSH DIVERTER

Things may at times get dirty outside since you never know what will happen. In most instances, dust and pollen may settle on the roof of your tiny house. No one wants these dirty things to get into their harvested rainwater. Therefore, opting for a first flush diverter will do the trick. With this diverter, you can wash the roof of your tiny house with all gunk in it. You can then divert the clean water to your storage tank. You can do this as many times as you wish until the water is clean.

• CATCHMENT SURFACE

A catchment surface can be any location where water lands before being channeled to a storage tank. Most people will consider using the roof of the tiny house as a catchment surface. This is because it already has gutters designed to serve the role of redirecting water. The best roof surface to go with is a metal roof. With a metal roof, bad chemicals may not get into your harvested water easily.

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• STORAGE TANK

As a tiny house owner, you will need a good storage facility that can serve your needs. There are so many DIY options to go with. Most people would prefer 120 gallon totes or 55 gallon drums as they are quite impressive.  However, the storage tank you choose will depend with your water needs. A large tank will be better if you need plenty of water. If you have minimal water requirements, you can choose a small storage tank.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Many tiny house owners may be against implementing rainwater catchment systems. This is because they still question the cleanliness of rain water. However, this should not worry you since most catchment systems have three-fold filtration. The water, therefore, passes through filters, UV light and charcoal block filters.

Integrating a rainwater catchment system is a step in the right direction if you are top avoid water problems associated with tiny living. With these systems, you will embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle. You must however examine the options that you wish to go with. It is only through this action that you can get the best rainwater catchment system. Furthermore, you will never again have to worry about meeting your water needs in the future.

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