Thursday, December 3, 2015

Rain Catch System: Survival Pin of the Month

My husband and I have been thinking about a rain catch system for a while. We live on a mountain and moving water around the property is a big challenge. If we could set up a rain catch system we could capture the water here at the top and then use it during the dry season for pastures or animals on the down slope during the dry season. Given we are located at the top of a huge hill, we wouldn't even need a pump we could just gravity feed it.

I came across this pin from and I am impressed! We have a bunch of old 50 gallon barrels that we would use instead of the trash cans so the screen system built into the lid would have to be modified. The rest of the system is easy just PVC connections. This system even has the overflow to account for periods of lots of rain. I think I would just funnel it to another holding tank given that here in California we need to capture as much as possible while it lasts because it doesn't last long. You could basically set up the exact same system again at the end of the overflow though and catch double the amount represented here. 

I had been picturing a cumbersome system that was a challenge to get the water from but this one here makes it easy to hook a hose to and use rather easily. The Family Handyman article outlines the materials and building procedure really well so if you have been thinking about a system like this as well, I recommend you go check it out.

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit:
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