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A "Blue Roof" System for Managing Stormwater

Last winter, we at Rain Brothers, LLC designed, developed, and installed a simple, cost-effective "blue roof" system for managing stormwater for the City of Grove City here in Ohio. A "blue roof" is a new best management practice (or BMP) for stormwater -- specifically, it is a way to slow a rain event by creating [...]

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All About First Flush Diverters

Downspout First Flush Water Diverters improve water quality and reduce tank/cistern maintenance by preventing the first flush of water, which may contain roof contaminants, from entering the tank/cistern. They help ensure cleaner water is available for use, which protects rainwater pumps and internal household appliances such as clothes washing machines, toilets, hot water systems, etc.Downspout [...]

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UV Sterilization in Rain Harvesting Systems

Ultra-violet sterilization units should be installed last in the filtration set-up. Because water clarity is important in ensuring good penetration (and therefore optimal sterilization) by the UV lamp, it is vital to have all the layers of sediment filtration occur prior to the UV lamp, as shown here.

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How to install a cistern pump

On our youtube page, we uploaded a video last year that reviews the basic components of a cistern pump, as well as details how cistern pumps are installed. In this case, we focused specifically on submersible cistern pumps that use a pressure switch for the pump control, as well as a pressure tank to regulate water [...]

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How to Elevate Your Rain Tank

Are you looking to create a completely off-grid rainwater harvesting system? Want to eliminate the need for an electric pump?If you answered "yes" to both of those questions, then an elevated above-ground tank may be the solution you are looking for. Elevating a water tank increases the available water pressure and lessens (or eliminates) the [...]

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How to Filter Rainwater for Drinking

Believe it or not, rainwater can be filtered into the best-tasting, freshest water you’ve ever had. In our home state of Ohio, there are literally thousands of homes that rely on rainwater for their sole water supply, and thousands more homes that utilize rainwater for the majority of their watering needs. But care [...]

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How to Build a Rain Barrel

Rain barrels are the best, fastest, and simplest way to start collecting rainwater for your home. In our 10 years in business, we have seen a lot of, shall we say, "troublesome" designs when it comes to rain barrels and rainwater catchment. We worked long and hard to come up with a good design for [...]

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