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Essential guide to Rainwater harvesting

The Platin flat tank from Graf is available in sizes from 1,500 to 7,500 litres. It can be used in either garden-only or full house formats, depending on the filter and pump combination fitted

Capturing rainfall for use around the house and garden isn’t exactly a new idea – but modern rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems go a step further than the humble butt and watering can arrangement. In fact, today’s setups can filter and store thousands of litres of water.

“It’s a simple and effective way to collect and reuse rainfall for a range of applications where drinking-quality water is not required. This includes flushing the WC, laundry, washing the car and irrigating the garden,” says Matthew Rolph from Graf.

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