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Rain barrels for storm water management and rainwater harvesting
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...rainwater is simple, and can store water for outdoor irrigation. Rainwater harvesting 'first flush' clean out © Michael Casey Gutters: Rainwater gathers in gutters, is directed to the downspout, or a 'first flush' pipe, then stored in barrels or cisterns. “First Flush” : The first rain o...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...rain barrel with a tap on the bottom for attaching a hose. They come with overflow openings at the top so several barrels can be strung together for a much greater storage capacity. And if you are at all handy and looking to set up a series of barrels, you can probably save a few bucks by buying barrels without taps,...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...rainwater per day, which is done without using any chemicals. Water is first filtered by charcoal, purified with ultraviolet light, then stored in the underground tank, which is covered with a layer of limestone to neutralize acid rain. All the water collected will see between 3 and 5 separate uses, including exterio...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great tips for growing food in small spaces

...rainers are great for kitchen herbs, reclaimed vintage boxes will add flair to your vegetative stylings and even upcycled plastic totes can make great planters if you're more concerned with utility than style. You are limited only by your imagination and preferences. You'll want to remember to allow for drainage, so if...