The Rainwater Barrel Comes of Age-The Rainwater Pillow
Rainwater harvesting has never quite looked like this. The Original Rainwater Pillow is a newcomer to the scene, but it looks absolutely nothing like a rainwater barrel. In fact, with the capacity of between 750 gallons and 200,000 gallons, it would take dozens of rainwater barrels to replace one Original Rainwater Pillow. The company’s description of this rainwater harvesting system is a horizontal rainwater collection system. As you can see in the picture, it looks just like a giant waterbed. It comes in four standard sizes, 750 gallons, 1000 gallons, 2000 gallons and 3000 gallons, but can be custom-made in sizes all the way up to 200,000 gallons. They can be installed in a crawlspace under the house, or under a porch, or just about any other place where he can lie flat with the prescribed number of inches of clearance on all sides. The 1000 gallon unit has dimensions of 10′ x 8′ x 2′. Below you will find an installation video that will show you exactly how you would install an Original Rainwater Pillow.
The Original Rainwater Pillow gives you the water storage capacity to meet even the largest of water demand. I have come up with several ideas that make this item even more unique. It would seem that one could just lay the Rainwater pillow out on the front lawn, but unfortunately the sun which is the giver of all life on the planet, would tend to deteriorate the plastic over time. It is important therefore that this Rainwater collection system be enclosed so that is protected from the sun’s rays. Therefore I suggest that a platform could be built to in case the pillow and we could call this platform a “pillow pad”. Now a pillow pad could be used in a variety of different ways. You could use it for patio deck and put a table and chairs on it perhaps with an umbrella. My favorite however, is to build a waterfall on the pillow pad, similar to a product called the RainXchange. The stored rainwater can be pumped to supply the water for our decorative waterfall, as well as to supply water for watering the lawn, washing the car, and by adding water purification, perhaps even for drinking. Now I’m sure you’re familiar with UV water filters. The most powerful UV supply is the Sun. It is theoretically possible that we could design our waterfall so that the water might be purified by the sunlight. I am familiar with the concept of putting a plastic bottle full of water in direct sunlight and leaving it there for some hours producing the result of a purified bottle of water. It would seem that it would also be possible to design our waterfall in such a way that the UV from the sun would slowly purify the water in our Original Rainwater Pillow. At the moment this is just theoretical, since I only just thought of it, and it obviously hasn’t been tested, but so far I find this the most interesting all my “pillow pad” ideas. (Now if anybody decides to start selling pillow pads, I want a cut.)
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