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James Stallman
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What's the cheapest method to increase rainwater collection?

Im looking into adding some simple standing structures for cattle shelter, vehicle parking, storage, anything else that just needs a roof with no walls.

What cheap roofing options are there?
 
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More details about your water need, and your land situation, would help with suggestions. Usually the cheapest way to collect water is using earthworks, but that isn't much good on a city lot, for example...


If you need to stick with roof collection, and you're near a city/town, and able to watch closely and respond fast, your cheapest option of all would be to snag a free shed or 3 off craigslist or the local alternative. I've seen a few pass by here, but they go *very* quick in my area.

I've built a tool-shelter out of an old pickup canopy with four tall fenceposts and a couple pallets; it could be angled to mostly drain into a barrel if desired. Quick, crude, ugly, but the fibreglass/aluminum canopy will last ages, and very cheap to do. Canopies are much easier to get for free than sheds.
 
Kat Green
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How about plastic tarps supported by posts of some sort that you may have laying around. Allow them to sag and direct the sag as needed to a barrel.


















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James Stallman
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This is a 40 acre property in Texas. I'm wanting to build multiple cisterns. I'm trying to calculate the practicality of going 100% offgrid and having rainwater provide all my water needs.
 
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