Rainwater harvesting (RWH) refers to the collection and storage of rainwater for reuse on-site (usually) rather than allowing it to run off. Rainwater harvesting is defined as a method for inducing, collecting, storing and conserving local surface runoff (rain or surface water flow that occurs when soil is infiltrated to full capacity) for agriculture in arid and semi-arid regions (Boers and Ben-Asher, ). The BWSSB has issued notices to houses in Bangalore for not installing Rain Water Harvesting units. Is.


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Operation and Maintenance Figure rainwater harvesting Schematic of a Cistern Source: Schematic of a Storage Tank Reservoir Source: Rainwater harvesting systems require few skills and little supervision to operate.

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Major concerns are the prevention of contamination of the tank during rainwater harvesting and while it is being replenished during a rainfall. Contamination of the water supply as a result of contact with certain materials can be avoided by the use of proper materials during construction of the system.

Use of alternative roofing materials would have avoided this problem. The main rainwater harvesting of external contamination are pollution from the air, bird and animal droppings, and insects.

Bacterial contamination may be minimized by keeping roof surfaces and drains clean but cannot be completely eliminated. If the water is to be used for drinking purposes, filtration and chlorination or disinfection by other means e.

The following maintenance guidelines should be considered rainwater harvesting the operation of rainwater harvesting systems: The first part of each rainfall should be diverted from the storage tank since this is most likely rainwater harvesting contain undesirable materials which have accumulated on the roof and other surfaces between rainwater harvesting.

Generally, water captured during the first 10 minutes of rainfall during an event of average intensity is unfit for drinking purposes.

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All tanks need cleaning; their designs should allow for this. Cleaning procedures consist of thorough scrubbing of rainwater harvesting inner walls and floors. Use of a chlorine solution is recommended for cleaning, followed by thorough rinsing.


Faced with escalating shocks like extreme droughts and floods, science urges us to become resilient. Resilience is largely a function of redundancy and diversity: Since natural selection has optimised design over geological timescales, humans can learn to rainwater harvesting it, via biomimicry.

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In essence, over the millennia, we have. Common vessels used for small-scale water storage are plastic bowls, buckets, jerry cans, clay or ceramic jars, cement jars, and old oil drums.

Devices can be made cheaply with locally available materials such rainwater harvesting bamboo and steel and coated rainwater harvesting a sand and cement mix WaterAid, no date. Rainwater harvesting popular are ferro-cement tanks in which mortar is applied to a cylindrical wire frame which helps to control cracking.

For storing larger quantities of water the system will usually require a bigger tank or cistern with sufficient strength and durability. Typically these tanks can be constructed out of bricks coated with cement.

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For water captured from a rock catchment, a dam is the more common form of storage device.