Rainwater harvesting is a term you may already have heard of. However, you may wonder what it means and whether you could take advantage of using this process.
The basic idea is simple – when it rains you need to catch and preserve as much of that rainwater as possible for use at other times. You may already do this in a basic sense with a water butt. However, as you are about to find out, rainwater harvesting systems can go into a lot more depth.
How Does Rainwater Harvesting Work?
The idea is to capture as much rain as possible when it comes down. Most properties use a combination of guttering and downpipes to send this valuable water into the drains. During heavy rain the drains can overflow, causing problems.
The alternative is to harvest the water by installing rainwater storage tanks. Whenever it rains the water is diverted into the tanks to fill them up. This water can then be used for a variety of different purposes.
Can These Systems Be Used In Commercial Buildings As Well As Domestic Ones?
Yes, a rainwater harvester can be installed at any property. Indeed, larger commercial properties are able to collect water on a large scale. This can be used for washing down, watering plants and many other applications as well.
Even small domestic properties can collect enough water through rainwater harvesting methods to benefit from having such an installation in the first place.
What Are The Benefits?
As you can imagine there are many advantages to harvesting rainwater. Commercial rainwater harvesting enables companies to save money on their water bills if they are on a metered supply. This also applies to domestic rainwater harvesting. Water meters mean some property owners now pay more for their water services than they did in the past. Being able to make good use of rainwater can reduce bills significantly.
Rainwater harvesting systems also reduce the demand placed on the mains water supply. The summer months often see a number of hosepipe bans across the country. However, properties (commercial or otherwise) that capture their rainwater for later use would not be affected by such bans.
Gardeners will certainly benefit from this system, as they will always have all the water they need to keep their garden and plants looking good, even during a dry spell. In addition the method is very environmentally friendly, enabling us to make the most of our natural resources instead of placing undue demand on the water companies.
Rainwater harvesting can even provide adequate water storage to flush toilets inside a property. As you can see, with the number of great benefits you can take advantage of, it is worth considering introducing this system to your own property. We all notice how much greener and healthier our gardens look after a shower; by saving rainwater on a regular basis we can enjoy this effect throughout the year – without placing any additional demand on our water suppliers.
If you have any questions, or would like to know more about how we can help with rainwater harvesting please do not hesitate to email us or call 01270 759270.