What are the characteristics of a good Rainwater Harvesting Systems?
Rainwater Harvesting is the activity of storing this rain water for later use. All good rainwater harvesting systems share the same characteristics.
Rainwater Harvesting is the activity of saving rain water for later use. Good rainwater harvesting systems must ensure that not a drop of rainwater is let into the sewerage or wasted as runoff.
All good rainwater harvesting systems have the following characteristics that if adopted ensure maximum efficiency:
- Completeness: To ensure that runoff from maximum collectible areas can be harvested.
- Apportioning of water: To ensure that the system is not overloaded which may lead to wastage of rain water by means of overflowing or other losses.
- Proper design: To ensure consideration of the total volume of water that will be harvested and released to flow through the soil in the area or sewerage after use should be considered.
- Maintainability: Design should incorporate features allowing for periodic maintenance, cleaning and scaling of the structure.