Home Rainwater Collection System

Home Rainwater, photo by Benoit Rochon
Home Rainwater, photo by Benoit Rochon

Rainwater can help add on a home’s water supply in areas confronting water deficiency due to shortage of rainfall or population growth overextending the existing supply. For locations with a good deal of water, rainwater harvesting can help cut back greenhouse gas emissions related to pumping and treating water from a centrally located municipal works. Rainwater harvesting can also reduce stormwater overflow from the home, freeing some of the stress on old municipal stormwater systems.

Rainwater harvesting has less energy-emphasis than other secondary sources of water like water recycling and desalination. It is also clear of minerals, thus cutting back scale buildup in the pipes, and it is free of sodium, which can be good for people on low-sodium diets or high blood pressure if utilized for drinking water.

Rainwater harvesting helps our environment and wallets.

  • Preserves drinking water by reducing the demand for municipally treated water, especially if used for irrigation throughout dry periods.
  • Reduce water bills thanks to less dependence on municipal water.
  • Aids to decrease basement flooding in older urban regions by cutting back the chance of rainwater exiting the property and getting into storm sewers (the sewers can clog up during large storms, which can contribute to flooding).
  • Helps to refill groundwater supplies by using stormwater on a position where it can penetrate into the ground and by seizing overflows in instances where the rainwater tank overflows are controlled on the home’s property by a rain garden.

Water conservation

Prior to installing a rainwater collection system, it makes good sense to be sure that you are presently using water in a wise manner around your home.

  • Exchange older, wasteful fixtures, such as faucets and toilets, with more current, water-conserving models.
  • Look for the WaterSense® logo on new products to make sure that they meet water efficiency standards set by the EPA in the U.S.

EPA WaterSense logo

As stated by the U.S. EPA.

Choose WaterSense
Choose WaterSense
WaterSense logo. EPA established the WaterSense Program to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Products are independently certified to be at least 20% more efficient without sacrificing performance. Since the program’s inception in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save a cumulative 757 billion gallons of water and more than $14.2 billion in water and energy bills.

Look into your exterior water use and check where you can make modifications by watering less often or using native plants for the garden that are more advantageous to take care of in dry conditions. By preserving water around and in the home, you get the most out of your rainwater harvesting system. Larger water usage means you might need a bigger system, and that means higher operating costs and installation.

A Substantial Investment

rain barrel home
rain barrel home and the price is reasonable

Having a rainwater harvesting system can be a substantial investment and must be cautiously done to make sure the system runs efficiently and safely. By chance, if you are a building contractor, electrician, or plumber, you will need to check with professionals for most of the installation. Even a talented DIY builder should confer with a rainwater harvesting expert and, look at the size of the tank and the area geography, additional specialists may be required.


The benefits of rainwater harvesting can be substantial. Despite living in an apparently water-rich country, we have to be conscious of the importance of clean drinking water and of the necessity to conserve it. Using treated potable water for landscape irrigation and in toilets does not make any sense to a lot of people. In comparison, rainwater use, where allowed and possible, will help us bring down our carbon footprint by cutting back the need for the energy needed for the management and transfer of municipal water to homes.

Collecting and using rainwater takes some of the work off city storm drains and can help stop flooding. When we are in a drought, the stored water lets property owners more freedom in water use than homes and businesses depending on municipal water for irrigation. In addition, it saves money.

Related How To article: 4 Parts to Build a Rainwater Collection System

Are You Living Green, Natural, Or Organic?

cleaning organically
cleaning organically, are they really?

As consumers demand healthier options in all areas of their lives, companies go out of their way to promote their products in an appealing manner. Natural, green, and organic products, which were previously limited to distribution in health food and specialty stores, are now widely available in regular grocery and department stores.


So, when consumers reach for products labeled as, green, natural, or organic, how do they know they are really buying a safe and better health choice? Unfortunately, in many cases, they don’t. Household cleaners are a perfect example of this. “Green” cleaners often contain some naturally derived ingredients as well as toxins consumers wish to avoid.

To further complicate matters, the ingredient list on these types of products is often incomplete. For example, the Green Works line includes some products, which received a grade of F as evaluated by the Environmental Working Group, an environmental and consumer protection agency.

USDA Organic Label

USDA organic seal
USDA organic seal is our protector

Consumers can protect themselves from misleading and incorrect labeling by purchasing products, which carry the USDA organic label. The USDA organic label requires products and distributors to meet stringent guidelines and third-party certification to carry the label. They can also use resources like those provided by the EWG to verify the safety and quality of products.

Get more comprehensive and detailed information about living organically. Your personal manual that covers the most important things you need to know about organic food, organic living and how you can avoid the various chemicals we encounter every day to eat and live clean.

How Do You Know If Something Is Organic?

If you’re a health-conscious consumer in search of organic products, foods, cosmetics, produce or household supplies, locating valid options may sometimes seem like an overwhelming task. Many products carry labels describing them as organic, green, or natural. On face value, you may assume those products are the same as certified organic products. This is not the case.

National Organic Program (NOP)
National Organic Program (NOP)

Only products meeting guidelines defined and implemented by National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and the National Organic Program (NOP) can carry the USDA organic label or the seals of USDA organic certifying agencies. USDA certified agencies monitor producers and distributors for compliance with the guidelines.


70 Percent Organic Ingredients

organic seal for Japan
organic seal for Japan

There are also different types of organic labels: 100 Percent Organic, Organic, and Made with Organic. Only products containing up to 70 percent organic ingredients may carry the USDA certified organic label. They are also the only products, which can legally make organic claims on their labeling. When in doubt, look for the green and white USDA organic certified label to ensure your purchase is organic.

European Union Organic Logo
European Union Organic Logo

Or Number 9

Organic produce can be recognized in two ways. They may be labeled with the USDA organic label. If you do not see the green and white label, you can check the item’s distribution code. All fruits and vegetables carry coding labels. Organic produce always carries codes beginning with the number, 9.