Can’t Afford a Well? Harvest Rainwater Instead!

  • It’s More Effective Than You Might Think!

    For many homesteaders, preppers and others with similar interests, harvesting rainwater is a crucial component to how they run their homes. After all, catching rainwater and using it to water crops and gardens can save you money and also protect this valuable natural resource that we can’t live without. However, there’s an even more efficient and effective way to use it, and that’s by using it as a primary water supply. That’s right; it may sound like a nearly impossible feat, but it is possible to run your home mainly using rainwater, and it’s easier than you might think.

    One family in Arizona is doing just that, and if a homeowner in a dry region like that can use primarily rainwater, that’s a good sign for the rest of us! The family was featured on a YouTube channel called Life Inside a Box, and in the video the father gives a tour of his home rainwater system. After watching, we’ve become rainwater converts ourselves!

    To learn what it takes to run your home off of rainwater, please continue to Page (2) for the full story.

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    22 Comments

    1. Eric Parola said:

      Yep, in some states it’s illegal to collect rain water…SMH. Anything to get a buck out of the people…

    2. Tonya Johnson said:

      I did hear that it was illegal to collect rainwater, even in Oregon………

    3. Cheree Walsh said:

      If it is illegal in your state as mine is..washington..don’t ask and don’t tell!!

    4. Stevie Ray said:

      In some counties and states it’s “illegal” to do so. Do it anyway. Just don’t let your neighbor know. There are inconspicuous designs for rain capturing that work great.

    5. watershed said:

      When they say it’s illegal to collect rain water they mean altering the natural flow of water. Such as putting up large tarps that cover hillsides. Using a rain barrel on your house rain gutter is not illegal anywhere.

    6. George Kolankowski said:

      Politicians are now taxing rainwater…..want to kill them for their blatant audacity at a drop of hat ? And all their support systems !

    7. Ruth said:

      In Australian rural areas ALL the houses get their water supply from the rain. We have large tanks and the problem is to have enough storage to last if there is a long term dry spell. Some people may have a bore, but they wouldn’t drink bore water.
      I’ve only drunk rainwater from our tank for the last twenty five years. We don’t treat it with bleach either. Although very recently we have a filter. My kids drank rainwater- no fluoride and it didn’t make a difference to their excellent dental health.
      You can bury tanks and pump the water up, I’ve also seen elevated tanks which use gravity to feed the water to the house.

    8. Sal Parisi said:

      This is against the laws in some states due to the Patriot Act

    9. Pat Coggin said:

      Harvest rain water and have the man come knocking to arrest you. It’s illegal in most states to collect so if you do hide that sht. The utility companies don’t want anything effecting their profits

    10. Adam Waller said:

      Unfortunately, many state governments are making that illegal, essentially claiming ownership of rainwater. It’s absolute bullshit…but if you can get away with it. Do it.

    11. Li Sa said:

      In Colorado, the ban was supported by agriculture thinking rain collection would hurt down stream and/not refill aquifiers. Colorado lifted the ban with contigency and conducted studies to see if it were true….it wasn’t. Now, if you own a well…you can collect but not for drinking. If you dont own a well, you have to go through more red tape. Woohoo colorado

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