Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting for Plant Irrigation II: Water Quality and Horticultural Considerations

First Paragraph:
Rainwater harvesting at privately owned businesses and farms is primarily used for reducing runoff during rain events and to conserve potable water resources. Collected water is often used for supplemental ornamental plant irrigation, for which purpose it is generally suitable. While most collected rainwater could be treated and disinfected to make it of potable quality, in New Jersey collected rainwater typically cannot be used legally in public or non-public water systems (NJDEP 2004b). This publication does not address all the considerations that would be necessary for using harvest rainwater as a potable water source.
Tags:
rainwater, irrigation, rain barrel
Publication Number:
FS1165
Author(s):
Salvatore S. Mangiafico
Christopher Obropta
Publisher:
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension
Date Published:
12/20/2011
Number of pages:
4

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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences