What Is Rainwater Harvesting?

Rainwater harvesting is collecting the run-off from a structure in order to store it for later use. Traditionally, it involves harvesting the rain from a roof. The rain that falls will collect in your gutter system that channels the waters flow into downspouts moving it into a storage vessel. There are many different types of rainwater harvesting systems and they range from systems that are as simple as a rain barrel or as detailed as large cisterns that can supply your entire household demand. We tend to think of rainwater harvesting and picture old farm cisterns or that it is used mostly in developing countries, but that is not the case. Rainwater harvesting a part of the green building movement and is an alternative for energy conservation in your home or businesses. It allows you to be in control of your water supply allowing you the ability to replace a substantial portion of your water.

Here are just a few benefits of using a rainwater harvesting system:

~It is a free source of water

~It is environmentally responsible and growing in popularity socially

~It allows you to be self-sufficient

~It can help solve drainage problems on your property

~It is better for your landscaping and garden because it is pure and not chlorinated

~It is very easy to maintain and are relatively inexpensive

~It provides an excellent backup for a water source in an emergency situation

If you consider that most of us use drinking water to flush our toilets and water our lawns doesn’t that seem socially irresponsible? By using a harvester you are making less of an environmental imprint. There are three basic areas where rainwater can be used and they are irrigation, indoor non-potable use or whole home potable use that needs a specific filter. If you are still wary about how you would use your rainwater, here are specific uses for it:

~watering your lawn or garden

~ hook it up to your sprinkler system

~wash your vehicles or give you pet a bath

~fill your fish pond, fountain or swimming pool

~wash down your driveway

~toilet and washing machine water

We would recommend that you use an ENGLERT Rainwater Harvesting System that you can purchase through Lindus Construction. They are committed in the long-term and economic value of protecting our planet’s limited resources and providing customers with the most innovative, cost effective, aesthetically-pleasing and sustainable home and building solutions.

How does the ENGLERT Rainwater Harvesting System work? Rainwater collected from your home or business’s roof flows through an initial filter to remove large debris like leaves and twigs. The fresh rainwater is then stored in tank either above or below ground. Excessive rainwater exits the tank overflow into a Marix Infiltration Block. Then activated by demand, a pump system distributes the stored rainwater for many uses, which are all managed by a Rain Manager. During periods of low rainfall, an optional back-up water supply feature activates ensuring continuous, uninterrupted water flow.

There are three main sizes of ENGLERT Rainwater Harvesting units:

Traditional 225 RHS

  • The Traditional 225 RHS is a 225 gallon capacity, above ground rainwater harvesting system designed for non-potable water uses including landscaping irrigation, vehicle cleaning, and decorative fountains.
  • The 225-gallon, compact rainbox tank is easily connected to a standard residential downspout, and can be expanded in 75-gallon increments to increase capacity. Its opaque black exterior resists algae formation.
  • The attached pump can be easily disconnected and reconnected to additional rainboxes placed at other downspouts around the house. The Traditional 225 Rainwater Harvesting System can be installed in less than an hour by a single installer.
  • Child safe and mosquito proof
  • Constructed of UV-resistant black polyethylene

Classic 400 RHS

  • The Classic 400 RHS is a 400-gallon rainwater harvesting system featuring an above ground tank (available in forest green and sierra tan) to prevent algae growth.
  • The Classic 400 Rainwater Harvesting System is designed for non-potable water uses including home landscaping and irrigation, vehicle cleaning, household toilet flushing and laundering. It features a first flush diverter which diverts the first flush of water from the roof into a chamber.
  • Once the chamber is full, fresh water flows directly into the SlimFit tank. The 400 RHS also features a downspout filter, automatic pump system, pump cover and accessory fittings which can be installed in two hours by one or two installers.

Ultra 1700 RHS

  • The Ultra 1700 Rainwater Harvesting System is a 1,700-gallon system with a below ground , polyethylene tank designed for non-potable water uses including home landscaping and irrigation, vehicle cleaning, household toilet flushing and laundering.
  • The Ultra 1700 Rainwater Harvesting System comes with a downspout basket filter to prevent debris from entering the chamber. The Ultra 1700 has an automatic pumping system and accessory fittings which can be installed in two days by two to three installers. Options include a level indicator, rain tank infiltration block and faux rock cover for the pump.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at http://lindusconstruction.com.  Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.