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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...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...rainwater collection by installing diverters in downpipes and filling a large garbage bin, but with this system there is no “first flush diverter” to remove impurities from the first quantity of rainwater from the roof. Water can be distributed from the bin/tank using gravity or a small pump. Types of rainwater colle...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...Rainwater collection: For watering gardens, rain water collection is a great solution. You should be diverting water from your home anyway, so you likely have an eaves trough system. For under a hundred dollars you can buy a rain barrel with a tap on the bottom for attaching a hose. They come with overflow openings...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...rainwater The most crucial prerequisite to designing a successful autonomous home water system is to reduce consumption. For example, this house includes a toilet that consumes only 6 liters per flush, which wasn’t mandatory until 2014. Water reuse is critical as well - wastewater from washing machines, showers, ba...