Rainwater Course – REGENERATIVE.com

Learn all the ways to slow, sink, spread, and store water on your permaculture property

Discover many types of rainwater harvesting system, including rain barrels, swales, drains, and dams – and choose the right combination for your property. And see how you can make your water use less wasteful and more multi-functional.

This complete, extensive course is all about harvesting rainwater, and the difference it can make to you, your property, and the planet.

Here are just some of the skills you will gain in this self-paced online course:

  • Appreciate why preserving and using fresh water efficiently is so important
  • Recognize the pressures the global water system faces
  • Comprehend the many benefits harvesting rainwater can achieve
  • Understand how rainwater harvesting can be used in all environments – urban and rural
  • Be able to easily implement your own rain barrel catchment system
  • Appreciate the steps required in construction, and their individual purpose
  • Learn about the conditions and locations suitable for cistern systems
  • Know how all the constituent parts of a cistern system combine
  • Appreciate the benefit of wicking beds in urban and small-scale locations
  • Discover how infiltration basins and trees combine for effective water use
  • Understand how soil type will impact upon the efficiency of an infiltration basin
  • Know how to site, plan and integrate a swale system on your permaculture plot
  • Discover the relative benefits of different types of earthworks for runoff catchment
  • Find out what a French drain is and what its advantages are
  • Appreciate the circumstances in which a French drain is a viable option
  • Discover what a check dam is and how it works with organic matter
  • Know what check dams can be made from and how to site them for maximum effectiveness
  • Discover how cities can take measures to catch rainfall runoff
  • Consider the pros and cons of permeable pavement materials
  • Understand how a range of factors feed into your rainwater catchment design
  • Learn how soil, slope, planting, and topography will impact on your design
  • Consider how overflow from a rainwater system can be managed to avoid waste
  • Appreciate how easy getting started with rainwater harvesting can be
  • Understand how capturing rainwater contributes to a better world

By catching rainwater and putting it to use we avoid wasting any of the planet’s supply of fresh water that falls on our property – and help improve the global water cycle in the process. Because the fact is that only around 1 per cent of the planet’s water is fresh, and only about half of that amount is actually available as the moisture that keeps all life processes on Earth functioning.

Indeed, fresh water is the very stuff of life, being – along with oxygen – the essential ingredient for virtually everything in nature (including humans) to survive and thrive.

Water circulates through ecosystems continually, on a micro, local and global level. In this permaculture course we explore how anyone can make water use on their property more efficient and more beneficial to the soil, plants and animals that depend on it, and so in turn contribute to the preservation of this valuable – but finite – resource.

Indeed, there are many reasons why someone may wish to harvest rainwater, not only to improve growing conditions and irrigation on their site or to boost groundwater supplies, but also as an emergency preparedness measure or to make themselves more mindful of their water usage. Whatever your reason, this course will help you achieve it.

You’ll be introduced to the general goals of rainwater harvesting techniques – which is to slow, spread, sink or store water that comes onto your property.

Then you’ll discover the multitude of ways that rainwater harvesting can be done. These range from the simplest method of placing a barrel under the downspout of your guttering through to installing more large-scale harvesting systems in the landscape. The techniques we’ll explore are:

  • Rain barrels
  • Cistern systems
  • Wicking beds
  • Infiltration basins
  • Swales
  • French drains
  • Check dams

We’ll explain how each design strategy works to catch, divert and use rainwater, and we’ll show you how the principles behind rainwater harvesting can also be used for catchment systems from the smallest plot to the largest – and beyond.

You will be given the instructions, hints and tips you need to get started harvesting rainwater on your own property, using any or all of the above techniques. Importantly, there is guidance on the things you need to analyze when making decisions about appropriate systems. You’ll learn how to read the way water already reacts with the landscape of your property so that you can utilize that and plan an appropriate harvesting technique that saves on energy and works in harmony with nature. You’ll also be given tips on the kind of things to research when planning a harvesting system, such as zoning requirements and building foundations.

You’ll also find practical steps to putting harvesting techniques in place, a list of the equipment and materials you will need for each of them, advice on maintaining them, and guidance on maximizing the benefits on your property – from irrigation methods to improving soil structure. There is also comprehensive guidance on how to store, treat and use your harvested rainwater to ensure that it is safe for your plants, livestock and your family to use.

We’ll also explore the available alternatives that can make our towns and cities more water wise when it comes to preventing waste. Ever heard of permeable pavement? Well, you’ll learn about it in this course.

By way of contrast, this course also gives you insight into some of the ways that modern societies not only waste fresh water, but also threaten the viability of the supply that we do have. You’ll learn about the effect that common practices such as monoculture agriculture and fracking have on the water cycle, and how they could spell trouble for us all.

All this knowledge is contained in this one course.

Build your self-sufficiency skills with a self-paced online learning experience:

We’ve focused on not just what you learn on this course, but how you learn it. We recognize that people like to learn in different ways, or appreciate being able to study information in a number of ways to help make information more tangible. That’s why this package incorporates a number of methods that you can use to work your way through the course. When you invest in this course, you’ll receive for one full year:

  • An eBook of the course
  • Access to a video animation
  • An audio-only recording of the course
  • Summaries to guide you through the sections
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge

You can then use, some or all of these tools to create the best learning strategy for you. And once you’ve completed the course successfully, you’ll receive a certificate to commemorate your achievement.

With this course, you’ll gain a complete understanding of rainwater harvesting – why it’s important, how you can do it, and how your property will benefit. Whether you are just starting out or looking to expand your harvesting strategy, you’ll find it an invaluable resource.

“Choose your companions from the best.” – W.B. Yeats

Bonus #1: Essential Guide To Rainwater Harvesting eBook

(normally $28 retail value, yours free today!)

  • Understand the numerous benefits that rainwater harvesting can have on your property
    You will learn how fresh water makes your permaculture ecosystem survive and flourish. You will also discover how catching and utilizing rainwater efficiently can help improve the yield from your site, the health of your crops, and the contentment of your livestock.
  • Plan and implement a range of rainwater harvesting strategies
    This eBook also contains practical information on analyzing your property to determine the most suitable integrated rainwater catchment system.
  • Build a system of swales on your property
    Swales are a key feature of many permaculture designs. This eBook will help you determine their suitability for your site, give you guidance on how to construct them – and link them to the rest of your water catchment system – and how to plant them to create a unique ecosystem.

Bonus #2: Ultimate Permaculture Manual eBook

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    Get simple techniques for saving and recycling rainwater – providing up to 2/3 of the water your household needs
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