Gallery: RAINPOD’s Beautiful Water Harvesting System


Rain barrels, garbage cans, corrugated tanks… most water collection systems have a problem: they’ve got ugly written into their DNA. An unfortunate evolution, granted that rainwater storage has been practiced for more than 2,000 years. One would have hoped for a more elegant design by now! David l’Hôte’s Rainpod prototype rises to the occasion, pledging to better your battered cans with a simple, sleek design that uses only one operating principle: gravity.

Trading tap water for rain storage is an easy way to lessen your impact on strained water systems while saving money on your bill. David l’Hôte created the Rainpod because he saw that “people usually water their plants and garden with tapwater although rainwater is free and known to be better for greens growth.”

The Rainpod stands a bit taller than a person on three legs sourced from local timber. Its vaulted stature gives it enough gravitational draw and reach for just about any watering application, while an expandable screen maximizes its rain collecting radius. Its simplicity and ease of deployment would make it a great garden addition, and with a proper treatment system it could be used for applications where potable water is needed.

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  1. studentinnewyork February 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Hello. I’m a thesis student in New York (architecture & design) and I am proposing to use this in my year long project. Any idea how many gallons this tank can hold? Thank you.

  2. SillySally March 27, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Surely the top is open to bird droppings, leaves, insects, etc? Where are the filters? What happens when the water contents warm up and the bacteria start to really increase?
    I would have thought that underground rainwater harvesters like those on were much safer.

  3. hamish August 9, 2008 at 8:51 am

    how about growing plants on the tank?

  4. schneemann May 15, 2008 at 6:17 am

    My rain barrels were sourced from a local Pepsi plant, thus giving a second life to a vessel which may otherwise simply be discarded or at best, recycled. My rain barrels are white, matching the color of the bottom part of my house and are therefore barely noticeable. These things are, frankly, an eyesore.

  5. iheartmountains May 7, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Since when is an aged wood rain barrel ugly, I ask you?

  6. jdub May 7, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Looks like this thing would be a mosquito farm with open top like that. Also, what about evaporative loss?

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