Collecting rainwater is a simple way to conserve a precious resource.
You can use that water for your yard, to wash your car, and, with the proper filtration, even as an indoor water source. You’ll reduce your overall carbon footprint and will spend less on your water bill.
Water shortages have always been an issue for many parts of the world. By harvesting rainwater, people are able to tackle this problem and make the most of this natural resource. Word about this water saving method was able to reach other areas, which is how the current rainwater harvesting system came to fruition.
All rainwater collection systems have the same basic components:
- An area to gather rainfall
- A system to move water from the roof to the storage area
- A storage system to hold the water
- A way to get the water from storage to where it is being used
When figuring out how much water you will require, first consider what it is that you want to use the water for.
Simple items can be utilized to collect rainwater. Make good use of a children’s swimming pool, place watering cans on the step, or pails throughout the yard.
Rain barrels or large tanks are great ways to collect rain. The downspouts from the eaves should be placed into the top of the barrel, where the water will accumulate. The spout to release water should be at the bottom.
You can put a hose in the spout to reach other areas of your yard or simply drain the water into a watering can to water your flowers.
Another option is to plant drought tolerant and native plants in your yard. These plants are able to live on very little water. This can help you save money in the long run, while still maintaining an attractive looking yard.
Water harvesting is just one method to help you lead a more sustainable urban lifestyle. It’s an easy, minimal and effective process with many benefits for your home, your family and daily way of living.