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Rainwater Harvesting Diagrams by ahodgson
September 3, 2008, 7:19 pm
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I thought these would be useful in explaining rainwater harvesting systems…they look a little bit different, but it gives an insight into how it operates.

Rainwater Harvesting by ahodgson
September 3, 2008, 7:16 pm
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This system is mainly based out of Texas, but if it can work in Texas, it should be feasible here.  As you navigate the website, you can find initial cost estimates, frequently asked questions, and a catalogue, as well as some success stories.  This website is very thorough….and Chicago gets 33 inches of rainfall annually, by the way.

NSF Certified Products by ahodgson
September 3, 2008, 7:15 pm
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If you are building your rainwater harvesting system from scratch and you want to be able to drink the water, NSF has drinking water system components that are certified for the public water supply…these are updated everyday.

Catchment systems…

Clovelly House by cslota
September 3, 2008, 4:24 am
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This home in Australia encompasses a natural backyard water-treatment plant that collects and stores about 800 gallons of rain water. Alongside rainwater, the system collects gray water and naturally cleans it via a “green wall” developed by Kennedy Associates Architects. The water is then recycled through the home to fulfill various tasks. With all of these systems in place, the family is able to collect all the water on-site and recycle it down to watering their plants and flushing the toilet. The space utilized to perform these functions also enables the residents to have a small pool area. Excess storm water is drained into a sump tank and allowed to percolate through the soil naturally. This natural system has allowed the residents to use 75% less fresh water. The only demand on the municipal water system is that which is used for drinking and cooking. According the an article on Dwell, the entire system cost $12,000, but one which has saved them money long-term and reduced their environemental impact in an especially arid climate.