Monsoon season is on its way and the major parts of the world are receiving heavy rains. For instance, Southeast Asia is currently facing heavy precipitation that might soon lead to flooding.
IMPORTANCE OF RAINWATER
Rainwater is important for all kinds of life on Earth. The growth of life on the Earth needs water. Vegetation and plants require water for their processes. . Rainwater provides drinking water to animals and humans.
The most important factor about rainwater is it refills ground reserves of water called groundwater and refilling of ground reserves with rainwater is called recharging.
DECLINING NATURAL RESERVES
Why we are so much concerned about rainwater harvesting? It is because the world is running out of freshwater resources – thanks to human activities and climate change [for more info: Climate Change Is Increasing Water Scarcity Around The World]. Rainwater is the source of fresh water. The freshwater resources are getting polluted and are subjected to depletion due to human activities. Read: Water pollution– Sources, Effects, and Control
Rainwater harvesting is defined as storing and using stored rainwater. Rainwater can be used for different purposes. The Governments are also taking initiatives to store rainwater.
10 EASY WAYS TO STORE RAINWATER AT HOME
The 10 easy ways to store and use rainwater at home are mentioned below.
MAKE A RAIN SAUCER
Rain saucer is an unbound rainwater collecting structure that has an upper portion prepared of an upside-down umbrella looking like a funnel that collects rainwater and stores it into the below-connected barrel.
PREPARE A RAIN GARDEN
One of the easiest ways to store rainwater is to make a rain garden. The different kinds of vegetation in the garden remove pollutants from rainwater and then the water will eventually seep down to recharge groundwater.
MAKE A RAIN BARREL AT HOME
A rain barrel can be used at home to store rainwater. There are different sizes of rain barrels that can be used for rainwater storage. Plastic trash can act as a rain barrel. All you need is a rainwater storing container.
ARRANGE A ROOFTOP RAINWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM
One can easily install a little arrangement on the rooftop that will help you store rainwater. Connecting splash block to drain pipes for channeling rainwater to rain storage tank/barrel or pit is described as rooftop rainwater collection system.
DIG A PIT FOR RAINWATER
Soil absorbs water and this process is necessary for groundwater recharging. Digging a pit at home can also be used to harvest rainwater. It could also lead to refilling boreholes and aquifers.
USE SPLASH BLOCK
Rainwater is usually collected from rooftops. The easy way of rainwater harvesting includes using splash block. Placing splash block at the rooftop or at the ground will direct rainwater to a storage medium.
DECORATE YOUR HOME WITH A RAIN CHAIN
One of the fun ways to channel rainwater is by using rain chains. You can connect the rain chains to a rainwater collecting pit or rain barrel. This way it will enhance the aesthetic beauty of your home.
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INSTALL RAINWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM
There is a mini-size rainwater collection system, you can easily install at home. It includes using splash block on the rooftop and directing rainwater through water pipes into a rain barrel or a storage tank.
USE WATER TANKS
Water tanks are already present at home. All you have to do is make a connection system between rainwater collecting water pipes. Rainwater collection systems can be connected to water tanks which are further used for car washing, garden, etc.
CONSTRUCT AN UNDERGROUND RAINWATER RESERVOIR
Constructing an underground rainwater reservoir is a sustainable solution. However, one can construct an underground reservoir and install a rainwater collecting system. The whole system can be used for draining purposes at home.
Natural reserves in the world are declining due to many reasons that include mismanagement, overuse, etc. The human population is increasing and demand for natural reserves especially water is increasing all over the world. However, the water resources are declining due to pollution and other anthropogenic activities.
Also check out: Rainwater Harvesting Project Lahore – Why We Need More?
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