Come On Out, The Water’s Fine: Rob Talks Rain Tanks!
Here is a short video on setting up a low-tech rainwater harvesting system that can be employed for an urban yard. The tank we chose is typically used for shipping food all over the world. While the volume of these tanks is relatively small, they work for small irrigation projects like our salad greens bed.
In this video, Rob walks through his and Michelle’s urban home-scale system and explains the function of each component, from the flapper valve (allowing us to drain the tank for winter), to the rain head and first flush diverter (keeping organic matter out of the system), ending with the weeping tile that directs overflow to our garden swale.
Can you harvest rainwater from asphalt shingles? What factors do you need to consider when selecting a storage tank? We’ll look at all of this and more.
In addition to the video, we’ve included a drawing that details all of the components of a rainwater harvesting system.
Here’s an infographic that pulls all of these ideas onto one page. Please click to download and share!