Whether you’re a doomsday prepper or simply trying to take advantage of some free water for your yard, rainwater tanks are an ideal solution. It’s easy and free to collect rainwater and you don’t need a lot of special equipment to do so.
You’ll need a collection system such as rain gutters that run into a water barrel and then siphon the water over to a rainwater barrel tank or you can simply collect the water directly into the tank.
Taking advantage of free water in this fashion is not just economical, it makes good sense. Self sufficiency experts recommend that you utilize the ability to store your rainwater in this fashion and you can then utilize it for such things as watering your garden, flushing toilets, running the washing machine or even washing your cars.
If you have a way to ensure that the water isn’t contaminated, you can also use it for drinking water. If you’re unsure, make sure to run the water through a purification system to rid the water of any bacteria that could cause illness.
There are a variety of types of rainwater tanks available or consumers can create their own with a clean grain barrel or similar item. Rainwater tanks can be in ground or above ground and the water can be easily stored for use at a later date.
Rainwater tanks aren’t new in fact, many of your ancestors took advantage of the rain and collected it for later use. The most important thing to remember is to make it a closed loop system to keep bugs and the like out which could easily contaminate your water system. If you’re living off the grid or you simply want to take advantage of free water this is an ideal solution.