Tips for Easy Rainwater Harvesting

Plastic Mart makes rainwater harvesting easy

The ancient practice of rainwater harvesting – which dates back thousands of years to Southeast Asia – is making a big comeback, especially in rural areas battling prolonged periods of drought and in crowded urban areas, where water conservation is a growing trend. For the DIY homeowner looking to experiment with state-of-the-art rainwater collection systems, Plastic Mart has a wide variety of options to choose from.

Popular rainwater barrels and harvest tanks on the website start as small as 60 gallons, and go all the way up to 20,000 gallons. Obviously, there’s not just a one-size-fits-all solution, so it’s important to have a good idea of what you’re trying to accomplish with your rainwater collection system before buying your first rainwater barrel or tank.

If you’re new to rainwater harvesting, a common rule of thumb is that 1 inch of rainfall on a 1,000 square foot catchment can produce up to a 1,000 gallons of collected rainwater. We also have a handy tool on the website that enables you to search for the most popular options by state. For example, if you live in California, you can search for water tanks by three different regions – Central and Northern California, Los Angeles, and San Diego – and find out how to pick up water supply tanks within an hour drive from your home.

At the smaller end of the range, we offer two options in the 60-gallon size, four options in the 100-gallon size, and five in the 125-gallon size. For example, the 60-gallon Bushman Rain Barrel comes with a 28.5” diameter and a 39” height, while the 125-gallon harvest tank comes with a 30” diameter and a 50” height.

At the larger end of the range, we offer eight options in the 1,000-gallon size, ten options in the 1,500-1,550 gallon size, fourteen options in the 2,500-2,550 gallon size, and eighteen options in a size of 5,000 gallons or larger – including the biggest water storage tank that we offer – a 20,000 gallon plastic water storage tank with a 165” diameter and a 242” height.

Keep in mind, too, that a typical rainwater collection system is comprised of several different pieces – the tank itself, a filtering system, and an overflow pipe – so you’ll also need to keep that in mind when purchasing a rainwater tank. At Plastic Mart, we have all the necessary supplies and parts to put together an entire rainwater solution – whether it’s tank gauges, flap valves, or overflow outlet kits.

With our large, durable containers offered at competitive prices, we can make the ancient practice of rainwater collection accessible to just about everyone. Our customer success stories continue to suggest new uses for our rainwater barrels and storage tanks. Some people are using them for irrigation and harvesting purposes, others are using them for basic gardening needs, or as an additional supply of safe drinking water during periods of extended drought. Some people just want them as an emergency supply of drinking water.

And remember – all of our plastic rainwater tanks are manufactured from FDA approved materials, so you can rest at night knowing that your water is not only being stored efficiently, it’s also safe to drink for every member of your family.

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