At Restoration 1 Kitchener as we spend so much of our time dealing with water damage and water damage restoration it makes sense that we actually have quite an interest in everything related to it, including how we can, as a species, keep more of it around on the planet (but only where it’s supposed to be of course)
For some, the rain can be a welcome sight, while for others it is simply a nuisance. A downpour, can, it’s true, ruin a day’s plans in an instant, but it is also essential to life. It the 21st century rain has a new purpose as well. Rainwater harvesting is fast becoming an effective way to help conserve quickly disappearing natural water sources, and for homeowners who take up the practice it can be a great way to do a little extra for the health of the planet while also maybe even saving themselves some money!
Rainwater Collection Basics
The idea of rainwater harvesting is quite possibly a concept that you may never really have heard of, especially if you happen to live in a very urbanized area. However, increasingly, for those who live a little further out of a metropolis, who have a garden to take care of, and cars to wash, the idea is one well worth looking into.
Rainwater harvesting lowers many households costs and does so quickly. For many people, water is not free. Either a homeowner has to pay a quarterly water tax to the local municipality or, as is more often the case in suburban and rural areas, they actually have to pay for water by the gallon, as supplied by a private water company.
And yet, as high as these bills get – and they can can get very high, especially for a large family, few homeowners pay as much attention to conserving and saving on water usage, in the way they probably do for electricity, something that is costing them and costing the planet!
Setting up a basic rainwater collection system does not need to be difficult, nor does it need to be expensive. Most people simply invest in a large rain barrel, which looks like a regular recycling bin, just one with a small spigot at the bottom. These barrels often cost less than $40, so they pay for themselves almost instantly!
You can however choose to buy a far more decorative system, a barrel that blends in with the landscape a little better and can even double as a decorative fountain. You can even buy rain collection walls, that can be used to create a barrier around a deck or patio, while still collecting and storing rainwater for later use. If you are interested in these options larger garden centers and home stores like Lowes can be great places to shop for rainwater harvesting supplies, as can online outlets like Amazon.
Why Bother Saving Rainwater?
If you were to take a long look at all the things you use water for in and around your home you might be surprised by how much you could save by just using rainwater instead. While you would need a special system to make rainwater drinkable, it can be used in lots of other ways.
For example, it can almost completely replace mains water for use in the garden. A hose can be attached to a rain barrel and for smaller watering tasks it is easy to fill a smaller watering can. Just simply by doing this, some homeowners see a noticeable difference in their water bill the very first month.
Inside the home, rainwater has lots of uses as well. Rather than running water from the faucet to clean floors and counters, a few buckets of rainwater from your barrel can do the same job. You can, if you buy a filter pitcher like a Brita, even purify enough rainwater to use for basic bathroom tasks, and some women swear that by switching to rainwater to wash their face they see smoother, healthier skin!
Rainwater harvesting is also a huge help to the health of the environment as well of course. As corny as it might sound, every drop of water saved around the home is a drop left in a river or stream, and that is very important.