Rainwater Harvesting Digest
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20 December 2008

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Rainwater harvesting Plumbing guide
Water harvesting is the practice of capturing rainwater runoff, normally from a rooftop, and storing it in a tank or cistern for use around a home or business. While gravity flow from a cistern is generally enough to fill a bucket or to water a few nearby plants, most water-harvesting systems require a pump to convey the water from the holding tank to the spot where it will be used... >>(1) Read More. (2) Case study, (3) Blueprint of Rainwater Harvesting, and (4) Texas Guide to Rainwater Harvesting.
Rain garden and Driveway Rainwater -  Infiltration Techniques
Rainwater garden and driveway water - catchment What is it?
Rain Gardens are an infiltration technique - water is captured in a garden shaped like a basin that uses native plants......
An alternate which allows infiltration is the use of driveway products that allow vehicle movement but do not compact the ground, and allow growth of grass...>> Read More.
Ole Errson's: Rainwater Harvesting and Purification System
Ole Errson's: Rainwater Harvesting and Purification SystemIn January 1996 we installed a rainwater catchment system to capture Oregon's abundant rainfall. Portland receives between 3 and 4 feet of rainfall annually. During a gentle rain a typical Oregon downspout sheds several gallons per minute. Our twelve hundred square foot roof captures on average 3600 cubic feet (27,000 gallons) of water per year... >> Read More.
The Nicholson's House: Offgrid Living
The Nicholson's House: Offgrid LivingIt's a straw bale house, which means the outside walls are constructed of bales of straw pinned together with steel rods. The straw is then covered with chicken wire and a stucco coating is then applied. This coating keeps the straw from getting wet and increases the fire protection. A straw bale house constructed this way has a better fire rating than a normal wood frame house... >> Read more.
Sydney’s Rainwater Harvesting Goes Underground
Sydney's rainwater harvesting goes undergroundThe project, which commenced last week(01.21.08), is to use large rainwater tanks built atop of Parliament House, the State Library and Sydney Hospital. These hold 60,000 litres each, but the water will be fed into St James Lake, which is really an old unused railway tunnel under the city. About 1km long, 10m wide and 5m deep, it’s expected to hold over 17 million litres of water, that will in time be pressed into service for the city’s gardens and toilets, instead of using vital drinking water..... >> Read More.
Rainwater Harvesting by Victor in Srilanka (South Asia)
Victor's house in SrilankaI didn't have municipal water at all and 3 months of the year my open well my only source of water ran dry. I had to find a solution, so built a 20,000litre tank to catch water. I also landscaped my semi-urban plot
to get every drop literally into the ground aquifer to increase the ground water under my plot and also to stop erosion.... >> Read More.
Rochelle and Ian White's- Water wise Home in Bundamba, Queensland, Australia
There are over one million homes in south-east Queensland and each of these uses about 300,000 litres of water each year from the mains supply... We invite you to see how easy it is for you to save water for your children's future ... and for the future of our environment... >> Read More.
GUIDE, MANUALS, FAQS....Texas Guide to Rainwater harvesting
It is a practical guide to 'Rainwater Harvesting System Owner', featuring:
# rainwater component system, # water quality & treatment, # water balance & system sizing, # rainwater harvesting guidelines, # cost estimation, # financial & other incentives, # references, #case-studies etc.
The 88 page (2.4MB PDF document) manual is complete DIY information along with examples, data and illustrations. Also it is free to download... >>Download
Rainbarell guide - DIY rainbarell assembly
Rainbarrel Tutorial: How to make a rain barrel
In 5 easy steps one can assemble rainbarrel for roof top rainwater harvesting...   << Read More.
Rain barrel design by John E Carter.....Includes a parts list and resources... >> Read More ...>> [ PDF Format ]
Thai jars for rainwater harvesting
Thailand: In less than five years (in the 1980s), more than 10 million 2cum concrete tanks for rainwater storage were constructed in the North East of Thailand. << Read More
Jumbo Thai jar in Portland, OR: Although Brad Crowley has installed rainwater collection systems all over the Portland area, he had never built a Thai Jar until Portland Parks & Recreation asked him to install one at the Woodlawn Community Garden...>> Read More
Composting
Why make compost: Compost is one of nature's best mulches and soil amendments, and you can use it instead of commercial fertilizers. Best of all, compost is cheap. You can make it without spending a cent. Using compost improves soil structure, texture, and aeration and increases the soil's water-holding capacity. >>Read more
Rainwater harvesting from Roof catchments
Rainwater harvesting from roof top catchments. The application of an appropriate rainwater harvesting technology can make possible the utilization of rainwater as valuablets. >>Read more
Rainwater harvesting by Paul Micheal, Seattle, WA
In I live in Seattle and have been harvesting rain for just over 2 years now and I use it through a simple gravity feed method to flush my downstairs toilet.This cost me less than $100 to set up and hopefully will help you utilize your rain barrels more.
-Paul Michael, Seattle, WA. >> Read More
Paul system is great in that it doesn't use any energy, looks great and is very well documented.- John E Carter.
Sustainable urban home projects by Andre Lochin
Experiments in sustainbale living by Andre in his house... >> Read More
Health Issue : Choice of Roofing Materials
Rainwater Harvesting Yahoo ForumThe literature on health aspects of RWH is surprisingly sporadic, even in countries where RWH use is widespread and of long standing. We are interested in the mineral quality of roof run-off, in its bacteriological quality, in the connections between RWH and the breeding of disease vectors (especially mosquitoes) ... >> Read More.
Rainwater Garden
Rain Gardens are an infiltration technique - water is captured in a garden shaped like a basin that uses native plants..... >> Click here
U and O Outdoor Program
University of Oregon: Rainwater Catchment What is it? It is a special rainwater storage system that is used to harvest rain for daily water needs. Harvested rain can be used outdoors for irrigation, and... >>(1) Read More.
Choosing a pump for rainwater harvesting
Water harvesting is the practice of capturing rainwater runoff, normally from a rooftop, and storing it in a tank or cistern for use around a home or business. While gravity flow from a cistern is generally enough to fill a bucket or to water a few nearby plants, most water-harvesting systems require a pump to convey the water from the holding tank to the spot where it will be used... >>(1) Read More. (2) Case study.
Sitemap of Rainwater harvesting
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