Water harvesting in our homes can make life easier from what we have taken to be stressing to our day-to-day living.
Where does all the water from your house roof go; To your garden and cause damages on the plantations? , To that flat region in your garden and flood there? Or to your neighbors’ homestead causing conflicts?
Today,learn some of this technique of using one stone to kill two birds. Harvest water for domestic and irrigation purposes and prevent any damage caused by the unharvested water.
Harvesting water is a common aspects in our homes that we mostly do as the finishing touches on our exterior house decoration.
Then there comes the greatest problem come , this is not a form of decoration ,the water we discard to the ground can be used in very vital activities in our homes.
There are various methods of harvesting water in Kenya.
On realizing the importance of harvesting water,people nave even come up with several methods of harvesting the rain water.
Roof getter water harvesting
I know this is a common aspect in our day to day house decoration activities but some bit modification to suit both purposes would do.
From that point where you have directed the getter pipes to discard the water, join the pipes towards a conservation water tank.
This can be enough water to sustain all domestic activities in a home thus saving on the cost of buying water.
The getter can hold too much dirt from the roofs thus it is advisable to clean them regularly.
This helps to prevent rusting of the gutters and darting of the harvested water.
Leakages are also very common thus you should not get tired of checking and renovating them
The closed pipes should be made of plastic to reduce the maintenance cost.
- Novel rainwater collection
This is yet another method used to harvest water but now directly in an open area.
They are like big funnels that drain directly into a tank.
Since this is a method used in the gardens , the water is mostly used for purposes like garden irrigation, refilling the pods in a garden and washing garden tools.
They are only applicable on rainy times thus they should be portable set ups that will be stored to protect them from harsh weather conditions.
They require little maintenance cost and time hence very economical.
Fore cement jar for water harvesting.
This is a concrete tank made with a wide mouth shaped in a funnel shape.
They are permanent structures that are located at an ideal location probably near the kitchen
They are fixed with a tap at its lowest point where the harvested water is removed from
Their maintenance is cheap and straight forward for it involve only ensuring that the tank is filled with water at least once in awhile to prevent cracking.
The worn out parts should be repaired to curb their exceeding.
They can be constructed under a shade to protect them from direct sun light.
They can be painted to maintain their outlook appealing.
This is the major part in water harvesting in Kenya.
The tanks are made of plastic to enhance their durability.
They are mostly put under a shed to protect it from harsh weather conditions.
The tank should be positioned at a high point to avoid contamination of the water.
Concluding remarks on water harvesting.
This is a method that has saved life’s in Kenya. You may not use to save your life but it can save your money.
How I wish that each and every one of us can take up this project of water harvesting.