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S’pore family sets up DIY rainwater collection system to make the most of rainy days – Mothership.SG – News from Singapore, Asia and around the world

An above-normal level of rainfall in the second half of July may have caused some disappointment, as plans to head outdoors would likely have been cancelled.

One family in Singapore, however, found a way to make the most of the recent gloomy downpours, by setting up a rainwater collection system with household items and a few metres of PVC pipes.

A series of “how to” videos of the innovative setup were uploaded in the Home Gardening Singapore Facebook group by user Bizzy Lizzy on Aug. 1.

DIY rainwater collection system

The system was described as a “complete system with filter and three collection reservoirs”.

It was set up at the family’s laundry area, next to a toilet.

The videos show rainwater being caught with a plastic juice bottle which had been cut open and fastened to a PVC pipe.

Appropriate technology Screenshot from video by Bizzy Lizzy on Facebook.

The end of the pipe was then secured in place with two pieces of string.

Rainwater would flow through the juice bottle into the pipe, passing through a filter before being collected in a pail.

Articles GIF from video by Bizzy Lizzy on Facebook.

According to Bizzy Lizzy, the first pail was slightly tilted to allow it to overflow into a smaller blue basin, which would in turn overflow into a small red tub.

All three containers were filled in around half an hour, according to an update on the post.

Asia Image via Bizzy Lizzy on Facebook.

Another video by Bizzy Lizzy’s post showed how to make the different components of the rainwater collection system, including how to cut the juice bottle:

Bizzy Lizzy Screenshot from video by Bizzy Lizzy on Facebook.

And how to attach it to the pipe:

Countries Screenshot from video by Bizzy Lizzy on Facebook.

Comments on the post lauded the ingenious idea, with many saying that they would be keen to collect rainwater for themselves too.

Others contributed suggestions for further improvement to the system:

Along with an important safety tip:

Is it legal to collect rainwater in Singapore?

Like some other commenters on the post,  you might be wondering whether collecting rainwater with such a collection system is legal.

PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, states on its website that alternate sources of water, such as rainwater harvesting, are regulated.

“The construction of rainwater collection systems for any purpose is regulated by Section 31 of the Sewerage and Drainage Act,” says PUB’s website.

Therefore, anyone who constructs “any works for taking or intercepting water from any place or sea, within the territorial limits of Singapore” must have approval to do so, according to the above-mentioned section of the Act.

Failure to get such approval constitutes an offence.

However, this would likely not apply to DIY setups like the one featured in the Facebook post.

This is because the section is intended to cover “works” in the context of construction or repair of a building, or relating to air-conditioning service and ventilation systems for a building.

Mothership has reached out to PUB for comment.

Top images from video and photo by Bizzy Lizzy on Facebook