Stand Alone Rainwater Harvesting System
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Posted on December 9th, 2009

For the first post in our blog, we thought it would be wise to start with a little but more information about our product and the inspiration behind it. Simply put, we have devised a system that uses a series of funnels (saucer shaped, thus the name RainSaucers) that collect rainwater and feed it into a storage unit. The unique feature is that by using our own easy to install catchment instead of the roof, we can generate water that is cleaner, cheaper, and more convenient than traditional Rainwater Harvesting (RWH).

From a societal perspective the real benefit of RainSaucers over traditional RWH is scalability. By turning what is a normally a “project” into a manufactured “product”, RainSaucers has the potential to finally bring RWH to everyone that needs it.

So how did we come up with this idea? The inspiration came from the simple realization that rain is plentiful in many of the developing countries where safe drinking water is needed most. For example it rains twice as much in Bombay as it does in famously rainy Seattle. From there, we used a mix of mathematics and mechanical engineering to devise a solution that would have enough surface area to provide a reasonable amount of water, yet stay low in cost.

We were also partly inspired by much of the RWH activities already going on in India. The following video was interesting to us because it showed how with some ingenuity anybody should be able to harvest rain...

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