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Best Management Practice Fact Sheet 6: Rainwater Harvesting

426-125 (BSE-274P)This fact sheet is one of a 15-part series on urban stormwater management practices. Please refer to definitions in the glossary at the end of this fact sheet. Glossary terms are italicized on first mention in the text. For a comprehensive list, see Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) publication 426-119, “Urban Stormwater: Terms and Definitions.”Rainwater harvesting is the practice of storing rainwater, usually from rooftops, for later beneficial reuse. This fact sheet provides information about this practice, including its water supply and runoff reduction benefits. Roof runoff water can normally be used for nonpotable uses such as irrigation, or flushing toilets indoors. 8.5 x 11, DS, 5 pages, color, BW page 5, 24#, single staple upper left