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.


Appreciate why preserving and using fresh water efficiently is so important
  • 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

What's included?

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Lesson 1: Introduction, Water Facts and the Hydrologic Cycle
Rainwater - Lesson 1 - Section 1_ Introduction, Water Facts and the Hydrologic Cycle (Black).mp4
7 mins
Lesson 2: What is Rainwater Harvesting?
Rainwater - Lesson 2 - Section 2_ What is Rainwater Harvesting_ (Black).mp4
3 mins
Lesson 3: Rain Barrels
Rainwater - Lesson 3 - Section 3_ Rain Barrels (Black).mp4
5 mins
Lesson 4: Cistern Systems
Rainwater - Lesson 4 - Section 4_ Cistern Systems (Black).mp4
4 mins
Lesson 5: Wicking Beds – Flow-Through Planters
Rainwater - Lesson 5 - Section 5_ Wicking Beds – Flow-Through Planters (Black).mp4
4 mins
Lesson 6: Infiltration Basins – Rain Gardens
Rainwater - Lesson 6 - Section 6_ Infiltration Basins – Rain Gardens (Black).mp4
4 mins
Lesson 7: Swales and Earthworks
Rainwater - Lesson 7 - Section 7_ Swales and Earthworks (Black).mp4
7 mins
Lesson 8: French Drains
Rainwater - Lesson 8 - Section 8_ French Drains (Black).mp4
3 mins
Lesson 9: Check Dams
Rainwater - Lesson 9 - Section 9_ Check Dams (Black).mp4
2 mins
Lesson 10: Permeable Pavement and Other Urban Solutions
Rainwater - Lesson 10 - Section 10_ Permeable Pavement and Other Urban Solutions (Black).mp4
3 mins
Lesson 11: Implementation Considerations
Rainwater - Lesson 11 - Section 11_ Implementation Considerations (Black).mp4
9 mins
Lesson 12: Overflow Management Strategies
Rainwater - Lesson 12 - Section 12_ Overflow Management Strategies (Black).mp4
3 mins
Lesson 13: Looking at the Whole Picture
Rainwater - Lesson 13 - Section 13_ Looking at the Whole Picture (Black).mp4
3 mins