It may seem like a primitive concept, but collecting rainwater to reuse for drinking purposes is an incredibly old practice that can save you money and benefit the environment. Here are a few ways you can collect rainwater for use around the home:
Collecting Rain Water
One of the easiest most common ways to collect rainwater is to place a plastic rainwater collection barrel at the end of a downspout, so that anytime it rains, water will be collected efficiently. If your downspout too low to the ground, you can always just leave the barrel in your backyard at an optimal place to collect rainwater—perhaps near the edge of your roof, or somewhere that produces a stream of water when it rains. Either way, the barrel needs to be on a steady surface, preferably on your driveway or a concrete pad. Try to avoid leaving it on the grass to collect the rainwater.
You can of course reuse rainwater for irrigation purposes, such as watering your garden and other outdoor water uses. There are ways to make the water drinkable, so that you can either use it for drinking water or bathing purposes. For immediate and short-term use, boiling the water is a great way to clean the rainwater from pollutants. Of course, you may want to invest in some sort of commercial water filtration system to ensure the water is safe for your whole family to drink.
Collecting and reusing rainwater is a great system to have in place, especially for the environmentally conscious family. Putting it to commercial use can also reduce your company’s environmental footprint.