Harvesting rainwater from a rainy day. It may sound outdated and medieval in this century but don\’t be quick to dismiss its usefulness in times of drought or water supply disruption.
Rainwater storage is not a difficult task, as it seems to be but always take precaution from water overflowing before it becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Locate the special pipeline
Determine the space in your house where you want the storage to be. Make sure it\’s cohesive with the direction of the pipe which will connect straight to your storage tank or barrel. If there\’s none, then you\’ll have to get one fixed. Once you\’ve everything in place, ensure the inner pipe\’s clean constantly and not clogged with residue thrown into the inlet of the pipe. After all, you\’ll be using the water later.
- Do constant spot check on the storage level
Don\’t allow the water in your tank or barrel to overflow or else it may attract mosquitoes in developing a larvae breeding ground and also destroy the floor at the same time. Alternatively, get extra tanks or barrels to distribute the water flow but continue doing regular checks especially during the raining season. If you channel your storage at the basement of your home or other closed door area which you rarely visit, make sure there is a hole, which is clogged-free, to drain the excess water away.
- Get an electric pump
When the time comes to harvest rainwater, particularly during the summer or dry season, place an electric pump on your cistern or tank to easily siphon water from your tank or barrel. The pump also should have a faucet at the other end to ensure that water\’s controlled.
- Use the water
As it\’s not advisable to leave water stagnant for too long, use your stored water to water your garden or other washing around the external areas of your house. If you\’re concerned of reaching the alert level during the dry season, then use your wit and discretion of how much water you should use. Then start storing rainwater again.
The meteorology department is not set up for a public show. So why not make use of the services offered and check the weather report so that you can prepare your rainwater storage process? It\’s never too late to save for the rainy day.