Course NumberSU-08-801
PDH Hours8
A Guide to Rainwater Harvesting

A Guide to Rainwater Harvesting

Author: D. Allen Hughes

Rainwater harvesting is an ancient technique enjoying a revival in popularity due to the inherent quality of rainwater and interest in reducing consumption of treated water. Rainwater collection has numerous benefits such as: free supply, low mineral and sodium content, reduction in non-point source pollution, and reduced demand on water utilities.

This course introduces basic principles of residential and small-scale commercial rainwater harvesting systems design. The design process includes choosing system components in the most cost effective and advantageous manner. It is intended to serve as a first step in consideration of the use of rainwater harvesting systems and is presented in a low-tech format that engineers and designers can use as a guide and expand on.

This course is based on the publication, Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting. The information in this course may be useful in planning and sizing of rainwater harvesting systems.

This course presents the following useful information to help you to determine if it is suitable for your continuing education needs. Please review this carefully to ensure you receive useful and beneficial information.

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Basic Rainwater System Components
  • Catchment Surface, Gutters, and Downspouts
  • Leaf Screens
  • First-Flush Diverters
  • Roof Washers
  • Storage Tanks
  • Pressure Tanks and Pumps
  • Treatment and Disinfection Equipment
  • Water Quality Standards
  • Factors Affecting Water Quality
  • Water Treatment
  • Water Capturing System Capabilities
  • Rainfall Distribution and Calculating Storage Capacity
  • Estimating Water Demand
  • Rainwater Harvesting Best Management Practices
  • Building Codes
  • Cistern Design, Construction, and Capacity
  • Backflow Prevention and Dual-use Systems

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We provide technical courses for PDH credits that meet Board requirements for Professional Engineers, Geologists and Land Surveyors. This courses is guaranteed to be accepted in AK, AL, AR, GA, IA, IL, ID, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, and WY. Before purchasing this course, please confirm that your state Board is listed above.