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    The Pros And Cons Of Rain Water Harvesting


    Nowadays, water is considered one of the commodities that must be used with caution. And this is indeed true for countries with a tropical climate. In countries like Australia, where dry conditions prevail, scarcity of water during summer is more rampant. The best solution to the scarcity of water is harvesting the rain water during the rainy season.

    The Process Of Harvesting Rain Water

    Rain water harvesting is a very simple method of collecting water if it rains and using it later if it is needed. Basically, the rain water from the roof is filtered in 3 stages and then directed to a baby well or perhaps to an existing well or to a sump via a PVC pipe. The water harvested will be more or less sufficient to meet the requirement routine domestic use, for the pool, and for the garden.

    A rainwater collection system is indeed an excellent alternative source of good quality water. Similar to other things, rainwater collection has its pros and cons. Knowing these different pros and cons will greatly help you in making an informed decision.


    • It can easily be constructed. In fact, most individuals can easily build their own system.

    • It can easily be maintained. The operations as well as maintenance of a rainwater collection system are controlled by the person without the need to depend on the maintenance practices of a municipally controlled water system.

    • It provides a very convenient source of water at the immediate place where it will be consumed or used.

    • The systems are very adaptable and flexible. The rainwater collection systems can easily be adapted to suit most individual circumstances as well as to fit any household’s budget.


    • The initial investment cost is high. Apart from that, there is no benefit until the system it completed.

    • The quality of water may be affected by insects, dirt, organic matter, and air pollution. Also, the materials used to construct the system can likewise affect the quality of water.

    • The supply of water is not just limited by the amount of rainfall but, also by the size of the collection area as well as your storage facility.

    Certainly, harvesting rainwater can lessen the need and demand for water transport system that may threaten the health of the water cycle and the local environments. Rainwater harvesting is an excellent strategy in the greater scheme of minimizing domestic water use. Indeed, rainwater harvesting is great for your swimming pool.

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