Rain harvesting system saves your money and health

Sales assistant Shanjeel Sharma shows a rain gutter system to Solomone Lomaiviti and Merewai of Navua at Carpenters Hardware. Picture AJESH SAGAR

CARPENTERS Hardware located at Argo Street Walu Bay is a major supplier of building and industrial materials. They provide building materials such as general hardware, plumbing, floor and wall tiles, steel, timber, paints, domestic and industrial electrical products.

Last week, Wainibuka Secondary School water committee member Filimone Soqeta purchased a rain harvesting system. He said, the school has access to safe clean drinking water and the quality of the rain harvesting system is worthy and free of dirt particles. “I urge the people of Fiji to save by paying your water bills and use rainwater harvesting system,” said Mr Soqeta.

“It can be also used as free water to wash vehicles, water your garden, flush your toilets and wash driveways and external areas. I would like to thank the team at Carpenters Hardware for providing us with knowledge on how to use rain harvesting system and the advantages of using rain.”

These are steps on how to create a complete rain harvesting system:
* Check roof surface is suitable for collecting quality rainwater
* Fit leaf eater rain heads to downpipes to prevent blocking. Rain heads leaves and debris and keep mosquitoes out of pipes that hold water.
* Install first flush water diverter/s (sometimes called roof washers) to prevent the first of most contaminated rainwater from entering the tank.
* Ensure the tank screen is installed at tank entry point to keep mosquitoes and pests out.
* Choose a water tank. Consider annual rainfall, roof catchment area and water usage when determining its size.
* Select a pump system (if required) to distribute water for use inside or outside the home.
* Water level monitor. Install a level indicator to help monitor your water usage.
Carpenters Hardware provides a range of services to our customers through Suva branch in Walu Bay including export and a network of branches such as Nausori, Naulu, Navua, Vivraas, Nadi, Lautoka, Levuka, Taveuni, Labasa and Savusavu.