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Rainwater low-cost collection system (Africa)

If like me you are lucky to live in the tropics where the sky literally empties down non-stop between four to five months annually then you should consider installing a water collection system. Aided by the gradient of my cross hipped roof, this is exactly what I set out to do in the month of March. Averagely, the rainy season in Abuja starts in April and terminates around September. Abuja lies a mere 627 miles (1008km) of the equator and so it can be very hot, humid and wet here.

step 1; The hunt for wide October. Get a water barrel


It seems to state the obvious but you want to get yourself a water barrel. Size and durability should be your guiding principles. From my calculations, the median rainfall for Abuja is 12.5mm with July and August peaks of over 250mm and the rain comes with such velocity energized by sand and pebbles it could pierce a flimsy water storage. I did not quite have a size in mind but I wanted the biggest volume I could lay my hands on. I set out with my plumber. …