Rainwater Collection & Utilization for Irrigation

This introductory course will present students with the methods of collection, storage, and utilization of rainwater for a landscape irrigation system. This course will cover the collection and storage of harvested water for a residential or light commercial irrigation system. Students will learn how to determine how much water can be collected from a surface and how much stored water will be necessary for an irrigated area. Before attending this course, students should have a basic understanding of irrigation system components and installation.

Course Outline

Unit 1 Course Introduction

Unit 2 Overview of Rainwater Harvesting

Unit 3 Why Harvest Rainwater

Unit 4 Calculating Water Need & Availability

Unit 5 Rainwater Harvesting System Components and Installation

Unit 6 Rainwater Harvesting Business Considerations

Unit 7 Connecting to an Irrigation System

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Identify the components of a rainwater harvesting system

2. Calculate the amount of potential water collection from a surface

3. Calculate the amount of water needed to supply a landscape irrigation system

4. Assemble and install a rainwater collection system

5. Connect to a landscape irrigation system and utilize rainwater as the water supply

Suggested Prerequisites