How to Collect Rainwater for Your Home

Oatey Mystic Collection System Installation

If you are looking for a way to conserve water and save both the environment and money, consider installing a rainwater collection system. This practice has been around for thousands of years and is becoming essential for maintaining a sustainable home today.

Installing a rainwater collection system is a more affordable alternative that gives you a reliable water source for non-drinking purposes. The process is simple. Rainwater is collected when it falls from the sky and is either utilized right away or stored for a later point. You can use this collected water for irrigating lawns, gardens, indoor or outdoor plants; or for washing cars, composting, etc.

Easy way to collect rainwater

Person collecting rainwater

The most common method to collect rainwater is to capture water running off your roof. If gutters are installed and a downspout is available, the next step is getting a rain barrel. You can easily redirect rainwater from your downspout into the barrel by installing Oatey's Mystic Collection System.

The Mystic system fits the standard 2 in. x 3 in. residential downspout and has a unique reservoir channel that removes dirt and leaves from the water coming down the spout.

Distribution is made simple due to the four-foot-high flow hose that connects the diverter to the collection container. For the winter months, there is an outlet port plug that stops the flow of water from exiting when the hose is disconnected.

Rainwater collection applications

As noted, there are two main applications for collected rainwater: immediate distribution or storage for future use.

1. To collect rainwater for future use, direct it into a rain barrel. With proper storage, the water can retain its quality for months. The rain barrel gives you access to fresh, natural water for non-drinking usage.

2. No room for a rain barrel? You can immediately direct the rainwater to your flower beds or boxes with a hose. The redirection of rainwater ensures your plants receive fresh water during a rainstorm.

Rainwater collection benefits

Rainwater collection hose feeding into a barrel

  • It's completely free: All it takes is a distribution method or a storage receptacle for later use.
  • Rainwater collection can enhance your home's organic environment: Collecting rainwater lessens your need to use municipally treated water on your lawn and plants. The latter is filled with added chemicals, while natural rainwater has essential properties that allow your grass, plants and flowers to grow pure and vibrant.
  • Fresh rainwater collection can also reduce stormwater runoff: The elimination of runoff can minimize contamination by lawn pesticides in surface water. By protecting against water pollution, we can keep the environment safe.

Having an efficient system in place can save a significant amount of rainwater collected and can be a great addition to your home. We recommend reviewing your state’s laws and local regulations before installing a rainwater collection system. Be sure to keep it well-maintained for quality water.

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