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RAIN WATER HARVESTING

Rainwater harvesting is a man-made way to collect and store the rain water and use it when needed. The rain water is collected in pits on the ground, on rooftops and in many other places. We can collect about 50% of the annual rain that falls on a catchment area (eg: roof). The average 25x40 foot home roof sheds about 600 gallons. The average system can be stored around 1000 gallons of water. Tanks can be as small as 55 gallons and as large as 10,000 gallons. The average system stores around 10,000 gallons of water. Rainwater Harvesting has many benefits such as it reduces soil erosion and flooding. It helps to control storm-water runoff, which reduces the risk of erosion in gardens, and around downspouts, minimizes the impact on local storm-water infrastructure and combined sewer system, and helps reduce the threat of flooding. This system of stored rain water can be used for both outdoor and indoor uses, including landscape irrigation, watering plants and gardens, toilet flushing, laundry, washing cars or patio furniture, and even for bathing or drinking. Rainwater harvesting improves water quality in aquifers. This also provides high quality water with low minerals. This system helps to meet the drinking water requirement in times of drought and also it reduces the cost for pumping of ground water. Rainwater harvesting restores the water available in wells and aquifer and can be a great way to make our home more eco-friendly.

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