How to Capture and Store Rainwater

When the rain falls, you don’t want to let it go to waste. There are some great and simple ways that you can start capturing water when it rains so you can use that water later to help grow the plants in your garden, keep your lawn looking great, and more. Having the excess rainwater stored on your property means that you can make sure that the garden gets watered even during a drought. It also ensures that you are going to be saving some money on your water usage, and you are going green, which is better for the environment.

Whether you are a homesteader who is out in a rural area, or you are living in the suburbs and you are looking for ways that you can be greener and more self-sufficient, capturing rainwater is a great start. Best of all, it’s not very hard to get started.

Rain Barrels

One of the simplest and most effective methods of collecting rainwater is simply buying some rain barrels. Barrels vary in size, but they are typically going to be able to hold between 50 and 60 gallons. They are generally made from recycled plastic, although you can also find some that have been made from recycled barrels or metal. They will have an intake line, spigot, overflow attachment, and a screen cover, along with a solid cover. Place them in areas where there is ample access to rainwater – under a downspout often works the best.

If you are in a situation where you are not able to utilize traditional rain barrels, or if you want or need to have more water on hand, you could also utilize other methods of collection. Open containers, such as buckets, and even children’s pools can be used to collect rainwater when you are in a pinch.

However, if you are going to be using these items to collect the rain rather than a rain barrel, you need to make sure that you move the water into a location where you can have it covered and protected. This will ensure that debris does not get into the water and that mosquitoes do not start to breed – which is always a problem with standing water. Of course, you could also use the water collected in this manner right away.

Is It Legal to Capture and Store Rainwater in Your Area?

You will find that in most states, it is entirely legal to capture rainwater and use it. In fact, there are some parts of the country, such as Arizona and certain areas in New Mexico, where it is required. However, in Utah, you need to register if you want to harvest rainwater, and the storage is limited to 2,500 gallons. In Oregon, where it rains often, it is legal to collect rainwater in roof barrels, for example, but it is not legal to dig a retention pond to collect rainwater unless you have a permit from the government. Even then, one man in Oregon who did have the permits had them taken away in 2003 with no explanation.

Always take the time to check to see what the laws are in your area when it comes to collecting rainwater. While most agree that the water falling from the sky should be usable by you if it is falling on your property, not all jurisdictions agree.

Collecting rainwater now can be a great way to have enough water for your plants in the future. However, there are always other things that you can do with the excess water, as well, such as providing some water for wild animals in the yard, and even for washing the cars or the windows on the house. If it is legal in your area, consider capturing and storing rainwater.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Valerie Johnston

Valerie Johnston has over a decade of experience in writing over survival skills, homesteading and self-sufficiency. With a Bachelor's in Agriculture, she enjoys helping others learn about their options in homesteading and survival prep and how to apply it to their lives.

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