Rainwater harvesting doesn't have to be hard. By following a few simple steps, you can design a high-quality, low-maintenance rainwater harvesting system for your home or business.
This post will serve as a brief overview of how we at Rainwater Management Solutions design rainwater harvesting systems. As always, we are here to help so if you get stuck along the way, feel free to comment on the post, call us, or email us!
Over the course of the week, we will be posting a few more blog posts going into more detail on each of the steps seen below. So, let's get started!
The core of how RMS approaches system design is the WISY 4-Step System. This 4-Step System greatly improves the quality of the rainwater and is designed to continue reducing the amount of sediment in the water as it is taken into end use. In addition to the 4-Step System, we size tanks to ensure overflow and make sure that they fit the project's needs. Pump and post-tank filtration are then the final steps to a complete system!
When researching and designing a rainwater harvesting system, it is important to consider the factors of:
- What will I use the water for?
- How much water can I collect?
- What is the impact of my project?
- Where will I place my storage tanks?
- Are there local/state restrictions on rainwater harvesting? What permits do I need?
- What is my budget?
Of course there are more items to consider, but these are the common ones that come into play.
Reducing particulate is important for several reasons, but most importantly it removes larger particulate that may carry pathogens as well as causes cloudiness in the water. WISY pre-filters work by removing larger particles of debris (as small as 0.011" in size) and drawing clean water through the filter screen to send it to the tank. This means that only very small particles make it to the tank after the pre-tank filter. With proper pre-filtration you can have cleaner water and you should not have to clean your tank out.
This step reduces the amount of particulate that goes to end use which can promote the longevity of the pumps, post-tank filtration components, and reduce build-up in piping (or drip-emitters in irrigation systems).
So there you have it! Four simple steps that help create a very high-quality rainwater harvesting system for your application. In the next few days we will have more posts going into some more detail on each of these steps, explaining the importance of these steps and how to properly size them so stay tuned!