Stand Alone Rainwater Harvesting System
Rainwater Harvesting vs. other Water Sources
Posted on March 16th, 2010

Within this blog, we have been mainly explaining why RainSaucers is better than traditional RWH. So if you've been reading this blog you already know we think our method is more scalable, cleaner, more flexible, and cheaper.

But outside this blog, we seem to spend just as much time explaining why RWH itself can be better than other water sources. For this post we thought it might be interesting to summarize that discussion.

RWH's most obvious imitation is that it is tied to the rainy season. A light rainy season means there is less water. And when the rain stops the harvesting stops. The storage capacity of the barrel then dictates how much water there is for the drought season. And storage can be expensive.

However, RWH makes up for these issues with some important advantages. The biggest is having a source of clean water in extremely close proximity. Poor people can spend hours a day in their quest for water thereby limiting their economic potential. Another important advantage is cost. A well can cost thousands of dollars while a community RWH project is usually just in the hundreds. Finally, wells, rivers and other sources of water are open to the air giving them greater potential for contamination. RWH is generally a closed system meaning there are less touch-points which could introduce contaminants.


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