Rain Harvesting system?


Who has a rain harvesting system? The local Water Board is offering grants, but little interest shown in this house so far. We have 4 sheds plus a huge grain store, so there would have to be one collection from every shed, so how does this work? I know there has to be a filter to stop debris from the guttering into the system, but does it work/is it worth it?

Any comments gratefully received.

They are also looking into a borehole for the cattle/sprayer, but that will need electricity.

Yes, I know it hasn't rained for the past month ..................


Livestock Farmer
Rain water harvesting works well here. Two large sheds provide water from one side of the roof to two separate vessels. Filtration works well. Overflow diverted back to down pipe.
Water is used only for spraying. I believe the soft rain water helps the efficacy of some chemicals, in this hard water area.
What sort/type of filtration do you use for such?


To be honest, I’m not sure as I wasn’t around when they were installed. I think there’s a bucket type strainer/sieve at the top of the tank to stop small debris, with a larger gauge filter in front of that in case of leaves etc.
It all came in the kit when the vessels were purchased. ( it was a dedicated rain water harvesting vessel)


Arable Farmer
Does this count .
( when we had cattle )
Been doing it for years and father before me. we are on the mains but always collect the water of cattle building Every little bit of cost saving helps .


Arable Farmer
Mine is very big steel tank underground, all roofs are drained to it.. underground so nothing to see.. the pipe runs over a slit cut into the top of the tank and is drilled with hundreds of holes to stop moss etc running in, once tank is full it carries on to the ditch.

A pipe sucks from near the bottom to fill sprayer.


Livestock Farmer
We've a sodding great big tank that collects all the rain off our youngstock shed- tank then feeds their troughs, and can be used for the sprayer or whatever. Also piped to mains to fill the tank in these dry times..


Mixed Farmer
I’ve got a WISY downpipe filter on one side of my biggest building, plumbed into a 10,000 L plastic tank for filling the sprayer. If there wasn’t a big doorway in the middle, I’d put another filter on the other side and plumb that in too.

If the water level drops, a RainAid valve (positioned above the overflow) keeps it topped up with mains so that I can always fill the sprayer.

Tank was about £1,000, filter about £80 and top up valve about £60 iirc.
If I were redoing it, I’d put a bigger tank in. It’s surprising how quickly 10,000 litres goes, even on my small scale.

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...