One trend that is getting more and more common is that of wanting to be able to live “off the grid” – being self sufficient. Whether a person is trying to save money, preserve the environment or prepare for survival after the breakdown of society, there are a few essentials that need to be provided, and one major item is water.

While it might be that your home is located near a clean stream or has access to well water, there is another, tested and true method for acquiring water, and that is rainwater catchment. Collecting rain for use is something that has gone on for as long as man has existed, and it can be as simple as a barrel placed underneath a downspout from your gutters. Depending on what you want to use the water for, however, you might need to install a system for cleaning the water, but if you are only planning on using it for irrigation and flushing toilets, it can be hooked up to a simple system that will cost you very little.

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