How and Why to Capture and Harvest Rain Water for your Garden and H20 Security

Building a house, garage or large shed? It’ll need a roof – make it a standing seam metal roof. Why? It’s sweet for rain water collection, and every Earth lovin, smart thinkin’ survival samurai should have one. The concept is simple: gutters capturing rain water from a metal roof, directing it toward rain barrels or a cistern. Capture free water for use when you need it.

By Rangerman

Let’s face it, clean water is becoming an increasingly valuable commodity as the world’s population increases and climate uncertainty abounds. Water = Life. Plain and simple. rainbarrelhome.jpgShort on rainfall, and your garden is looking sad? You can use the captured water when the rain clouds don’t cooperate. If it’s sitting uphill from your plot, you just hook a hose to the barrel’s spigot, connect it to a homemade irrigation system, and turn the spigot. It’s THAT easy.

Shit hit the fan, and you don’t have a generator, or you’ve run out of fuel? How are you gonna get water from that well? What if the city’s water supply went bust when TEOTWAWKI hit? You know it’s only a matter of time. With rain water already stored in food grade barrels – you’re gonna feel a whole lot better. When it rains – it refills. Systems can be designed such that the first “x” gallons don’t enter the barrel. This way if you haven’t had rain in a while and a pile of bird shit built up on the roof, it gets washed off with the initial rain fall and the rest enters your barrels.

There are numerous sites that detail how to build a rain water collection system, full with pictures and diagrams. Let me give you a few:

You can paint them, give ’em a sense of character, maybe make ’em digital camo, or maybe hot pink is more your thing – whatever the case,  your design and appearance is limited only by your imagination. Make sure you check your local laws. Believe it or not, in some states (like Colorado) there are laws governing rain water collection.

Rain Harvesting – it’s the way of the future – it’s back to the past.

– Ranger Man

BTW: Check this: a freakin’ RUMOR that Nashville was running out of gas, and everyone FREAKS out, gases up, fills containers, etc. and guess what – yep – the city ran out of gas. Read the CNN news article on the subject.

This society is so dependent on gasoline that it’s insane. The supply is razor thing, the demand is high. This, my SHTF homies, is why we prepare . . . . you know, amongst other reasons . . . . liiiiiike bird flu, nuke exchange, economic depression, crazy weather, and ravaging hordes of rabid, naked zombies hungry for brains.

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7 comments… add one
  • September 21, 2008, 6:53 am

    And just think how much the chicks will dig you when you’re the only one with plenty of hot water for showers, hot meals, and gas for the wheels.

  • SJE September 21, 2008, 8:41 pm

    I looked at the rain barrels offered at – they also have an inexpensive first-flush rain water diverter and a 214 gallon tank!

  • Angry Mike September 21, 2008, 10:08 pm

    Hey its funny that I was “specing” out my little TEOTWAWKI log cabin today and was thinking of EXACTLY this sort of system. And a solar/wind powered well.

  • Kipper September 22, 2008, 5:14 am

    SJE, PFFT, 240 gallons, all combined we have 25,000 gallons of rainwater storage ;) (but then again, we have no access to town water).

    If i lived in town i would aim to have at least 3 litres per person, per day for 3 months storage minimum (ie, 270 litres per person, that when SHTF would be rationed to them in that quantity).

    Its amazing how complacent city dwellers are, and how sure they are that clean fresh water will always flow from their taps, even as rural parts of the country (Australia) have nothing but mud flow from their taps, as their town water storages hit 0% and water has to be trucked to them.

    P.S dont forget to be able to access that water without the aid of electricity/fuel.

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