Captured for drinking, laundry, toilet flushing, irrigation, fire suppression or wash down, since this post was first published in 2014, under the title How to Maintain a Rainwater Collection System, homeowners, businesses and government agencies have embraced the benefits of collecting rainwater as a sustainable alternative to water from aging public systems.
Whether your rainwater collection system consists of simple rain barrels or whole house potable usage, maintenance of your system is essential to its successful operation. Simple tasks will keep clean water flowing for years to come with little effort.
Here are eight tips for maintaining a rainwater harvesting system.
- Gutters should be kept free of leaves and pine needles so as not to create tannins or discoloration of the water.
- If possible, cisterns should be placed in a shady area so as not to promote algae growth. A screen basket at the entrance of the cistern to keep debris from entering should be cleaned as needed.
- If a sump tank is used for transferring water to cisterns, periodic cleaning will help keep the water in the cistern cleaner.
- Any PVC pipe should be painted for UV protection and protected from freezing.
- Filtration elements should be changed as needed with canisters cleaned at time of changing elements.
- If the system is for potable use, the UV bulb should be changed per manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Shocking the system with chlorine during UV change will help keep the plumbing lines disinfected.
- Finally, keeping a log of maintenance will help keep a schedule of your tasks.
You can click here for a free copy of RainBank’s recommended maintenance schedule.
Possibly another county in Washington will adopt rainwater harvesting for potable use in single family homes.
As an ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association) Regional representative, part of my job is to educate the public and authorities on the use and benefits of rainwater collection. While many counties have adopted RWC for potable use in single family homes, there are still a few that have not recognized the practice and its benefits.
Recently, I was contacted by a potential customer from Wahkiakum County that would like to collect rainwater for whole household usage. He has water rights to a spring dating back to the early 1900,s, but the water is high in chlorides and irons, and not very desirable. To drill a well would surely produce similar results based on existing wells in the immediate area. The customer would like to build a retirement home in this beautiful area, but is unable to do so since the well test results do not meet the county standards.
I had a nice discussion with the Wahkiakum County Health Department, who seemed to be genuinely interested in the concept. I sent the department numerous case studies as well as links to State Ecology, King County Health, ARCSA, and a host of information on the subject. I think I struck a chord with King County’s acceptance and hope to continue the conversation with them soon.
Has your county adopted RWC for potable use? If not please contact me using the form below.
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