For centuries, harvesting rainwater has been a common practice essential for everyday life. Even today, cisterns and other rain harvesting systems are common in Australia, the Bahamas, Europe, India, and countless third world countries. There are in fact many people around the world who still depend primarily on rainwater as the water they need for daily living.
In addition to offering a practical solution when water supplies become limited or access becomes interrupted, rainwater harvesting systems not only contain storm water runoff, but these systems can store water for emergency or alternative use for flushing toilets, irrigation, pressure washing, or washing cars and clothing. Stored rainwater can even be purified and used for drinking water. With a variety of filtration and processing systems to choose from, there are few limits to the plethora of ways a stored rainwater reserve can be used to backup your regular water supply.
The near neutral PH of filtered and processed rainwater makes it safe for a variety of domestic and commercial applications. Rainwater is soft water, so it is healthy for appliances. Rainwater is free and so can reduce overhead for commercial enterprises, not to mention that using rainwater recycles our natural resources.
What is a Rainwater Harvesting System?
Depending on the size of the use will determine how big the system needs to be. Your rainwater collection system can be as simple as one or more rainwater cisterns, or rain water barrels connected to the downspouts of your home gutters. Or if you prefer, you can construct a more elaborate system piece by piece.
A complete system for rainwater collection could include either above ground or below ground storage tanks. While above ground tanks are easier to install, they can definitely be more expensive and less attractive. Below ground tanks might require some digging, but they are less prone to evaporation since they are underground and not in direct sunlight. Preventing evaporation may be extremely important- especially in drier climates-depending on how much you rely on your rainwater supply.
Install your own Rainwater Harvesting System
You may be both excited and overwhelmed at the thought of collecting rainwater and all the benefits which come along with doing so. Once you are ready to begin building your rainwater collection system, you will be ready to begin a worthwhile, rewarding endeavor. So do not hesitate, contact a pump supplier and get your own rainwater harvesting system installed.