Bans & Restrictions: Although it is perfectly logical to collect rainwater in a conservational sense, it might not exactly be legal depending on where you live. While slowly more and more states are catching up to the commonsense notion that collecting rainwater isn't dangerous, it still doesn't come without some legal restrictions. These collection bans and restrictive laws are supported by the assumption that collecting water that would have otherwise became ground or surface water interferes with the allocation of existing water rights. These bans and restrictions are undoubtedly frustrating, especially when you hear about situations like the water crisis in Flint. The question becomes, if we cannot trust that our city's tap water is safe to drink and we are denied the right to collect our own water, where do we get the hydration that is necessary for our survival? While bottled water could be used, the cost and environmental impact associated with it isn't all that appealing. Luckily, Michigan has no bans or laws restricting rainwater collection, although nothing says that can't change in the future.
How To Collect
Creating a system for harvesting rainwater is simple and relatively inexpensive, especially when considering the fact that you will be saving money in the long run by making it. The three main components you'll need are a catchment area, a conveyance mechanism, and a storage basin. The amount of rainwater you can collect is dependent on the square footage of your roof and the rainfall levels of your area.
Uses For Rainwater
You can use rainwater for a variety of tasks around the house and the RV! Similar to the ways you can reuse your RV's gray water, you can also use rainwater too! More complex systems that are rigged into your home's plumbing can increase the applicable uses, but we've chosen to highlight some of the more basic uses that can be accomplished through standard and simple rainwater collection systems.
- Gardening and Watering Grass
- Flushing Toilets
- Washing Your Car
- Hand Washing
- Putting Out a Campfire
You can also use the water you collect as drinking water, but it must be properly filtered and purified before it is safe for consumption. Not only is it economically smart to collect rainwater, but it's environmentally responsible too! Along with lowering your water and energy bills, collecting and utilizing rainwater reduces your dependency on municipal water supplies. If you want to start living more resourcefully, considering harvesting rainwater. Mother Nature will thank you for it! Do you have any tips, tricks, or information to share about collecting rainwater and using it wisely? Let us know in the comments below!