Rainwater Harvesting Systems

Rainwater harvesting systems 

Underground tanks from 1,800 litres to 10,000 litres

Choice of direct or indirect control systems

Garden only systems also available

Free specification service

Rainwater Harvesting Systems See sub categories in the left menu

Freerain rainwater harvesting systems

A rainwater harvesting system generally consists of four main components and these are:

  • Underground storage tank
  • Simple mesh filter (usually situated in the tank)
  • Submersible pump
  • Control system, either direct or via a header tank or garden systems.

Our sales team can advise you on the best type of system for your project, this includes sizing of the storage tank, do's and don't regarding installation and general advice on maintenance etc. Please call us on 0845 1250 000 or email sales@gustodirect.co.uk for an initial conversation.

If you know what you need, then see the different systems below and purchase online now.

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Key Features of the Rainwater Harvesting Range

1. Underground storage tank

rainwater harvesting tank 1800 litresThe Freerain underground storage tank is firstly made by us in the UK, it has been designed to hold good volumes of water, whilst keeping the excavation depth to a minimum. The tanks are made with virgin polyethylene plastic, allowing for a non-concrete base and backfill installation. (pedestrian loading only). The tanks come pre-fitted a BS8515 required calming inlet, in-tank filter and a telescopic neck with pedestrian cover. (see individual system pages, for dimensions). The tank has three DN100 spigots, these are used for rainwater inlet, overflow outlet and the third as a service duct. Note, larger tanks have an optional secondary neck to allow for a much larger filters for extensive roof areas.

2. Filtering

rainwater harvesting in tank filterThe systems are pre-fitted with a suitable filter (some system sizes have optional filter upgrades), this filter is installed into the neck of the storage tank and removes leaves, moss and other debris from the incoming water. The clean water simply washes through into the tank. The filter contains no consumable parts and therefore it only need to be cleaned by simply washing the mesh under a running tap, a few times per year (2-3 on average). The filter is approximately 95% efficient, meaning very little water is actually wasted.

3. Submersible pump

rainwater harvesting system pumpThe pump in a rainwater system is really the only moving part of the whole system and therefore, it is important to ensure a good quality pump is used. Another important point, is that we only use submersible pumps in our rainwater harvesting systems. Some other systems use surface-mounted pump sets, sometimes also suction systems. The main disadvantages of these systems, is larger, more noisy kit in the house and secondly, the pump is having to suck the water out of the tank and this is known to be less efficient that pushing the water, as a submersible pump does.

4. Controls

Freerain offers two distinctive methods of not only controlling how the stored water is delivered to the various points of us, but also how the mains water back up system operates. There are two different systems, these are: 1) Direct pressure and 2) Indirect (Header tank). With a Freerain system, there is no price difference between the two different control systems, leaving you free to choose the most appropriate system for your project.

The direct pressure system, water is delivered directly to the point of use and the pump is energised until the resting pressure in the pipe-work is restored. Mains water is then fed back into the storage tank to hold a minimal volume of water in the event of low rainfall. The system includes a class AA air-gap as required by water regulations.

The indirect system, also called the header tank system works in a very different way. This system includes an 82 litre header tank, which has a clever delay action device. This allows for multiple WC flushes (or equivalent water demand), before the pump starts. The main advantage is that the pump is starting much less frequently, which in turn helps to reduce wear and also saves electricity. Mains water is controlled by the header tank and should the underground storage tank become too low to replenish the header tank, mains water is introduced into the header tank.

Accessories and other items

The Freerain systems come complete with all the necessary parts to make a system work, they also include all the identification markings and signs to comply with water regulations. A roll of green/black MDPE pipe, which runs between the submersible pump and the controls is included too.

If connecting the overflow from the tank to a stormdrain or if there is doubt over the effectiveness of the soakaway, then it is prudent to add the optional "one-way valve" to the system. This protects the tank from overflow water entering the tank.

Why buy a Freerain system?

rainwater harvesting schematic drawing

  1. We have over 15 years experience in designing, manufacturing and importantly, using systems ourselves on our own housing developments. Now with over 4,000 domestic systems in service in the UK.
  2. We manufacture our single piece storage tanksin the UK, from virgin p.e. and carry a large stock for immediate dispatch.
  3. We offer both direct pressure and header tank control systems at the same price, there is no "up-selling" or premiums, let's just get it right for you and your project.
  4. Finally we are UK company, manufacturing in our own plastics factory.