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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Guest Post - Riverwalker: Harvesting Rainwater

We are lucky to once again have Riverwalker from Stealth Survival guest posting on Be A Survivor. If you have never heard of him or his blog you are missing out on a true gem in the survival world, check it out NOW!

A majority of people throughout different parts of the world do not have access to good clean water for consumption and hygiene purposes. In many areas conventional plumbing that offers access to a good source of clean water is completely missing, far too expensive or the systems being used are unreliable. Water will always be necessary for survival.

One of the greatest challenges we will face is how to overcome the growing water shortage that is coming. As a result, rainwater collection has regained its popularity and importance as an alternative water resource or to act as a supplement to existing water supplies. Many current and future water shortages could be lessened if the practice of rainwater collection would be done on a wider and more sustainable basis.

Many people already collect and store rainwater in buckets, barrels, and stock tanks. This is a fairly common practice and is not a new technology. Rainwater can be used for a large number of different purposes. These can be anything from irrigating crops or watering livestock to simple washing or hygiene-related uses. With proper filtration and purification techniques, it can even be used for cooking, food preparation or drinking purposes.

Rainwater collection is a very simple and low cost way that requires very little in the way of skills or knowledge to accomplish on a successful basis. Even the simplest forms of rainwater collection can yield excellent benefits for everyone. The collection of rainwater can be used to supplement other water sources when they become scarce or polluted. It also provides an alternative source of water when a drought may cause the water table to drop and water wells end up going dry as a result.

It is also important to remember that rainfall cannot be managed. Amounts of rainfall will vary from location to location. Your particular climate will determine the ways in which you can make adequate use of the available rainfall as efficiently as may be possible. Collecting rainwater can be a valuable resource if done correctly. This is water that would otherwise be lost to surface run-off during heavy rains or evaporation during extremely high summer temperatures.

The technology involved in rainwater collection is readily adaptable to a wide variety of climates and conditions and has been recently reintroduced on a wide scale as a viable option for increasing supplies of much needed water. Unfortunately, many people often overlook this option because of a lack of knowledge about the simplicity and practical aspects of rainwater collection. Rainwater collection systems can be as simple or as complex as your resources or budget will permit you to make them.

During recent years this technology has regained wide-spread popularity as many people realize the benefits of a relatively clean, reliable and affordable source of water available to everyone. Rainwater collection should be an important part of your preparedness efforts.

You can get a guide to rainwater harvesting here (1.89 MB):
Harvesting Rainwater Manual 3rd Edition

Got rain barrel?

Staying above the water line!

"Thanks RW" - Flea

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