One of the easiest ways to save water is simply to collect it, and that’s a practice called rainwater harvesting.
Rainwater harvesting is essentially the collection of rainwater in large tanks that’s then transferred to containers until it’s needed for use. In most cases, the water is used directly from these containers without being purified or filtered.
This exercise first became popular as a method to collect and store water in areas where water shortages are common. But, given its many benefits, it has now become extremely common with anyone who’s looking for a free, easy and more environmentally friendly way of using water in their home or commercial premises.
Rainwater harvesting is essential for lots of different reasons:
- You’ll have water when you need it
Non-potable water has many uses; you can utilize it to flush the toilet, water your flowers and wash your car, etc. Harvesting rainwater will ensure that you always have water for these tasks, even in times when the normal water supply is cut off.
- Rainwater is better for the garden
Nature has relied on rainwater for its growth for millions of years and that remains the case, even today. Water your plants and flowers with rainwater that’s relatively pure and free from toxins and it will flourish
- It is good for irrigation
Collected water reduces flooding and decreases soil erosion by decreasing the likelihood of run offs during periods of heavy rainfall. This is good for news for our rivers, streams, oceans and lakes, as they will be less populated over time
- Easy to install
Setting up your rainwater harvesting system is super easy and very cost-effective. All you’ll need is a system that will collect the water, some storage tanks and a tap or pipe system that will give you quick access to the water once it’s collected.
- A sustainable practice
Using harvested rainwater is a brilliant way of lessening your carbon footprint and living in a more environmentally friendly way. Wasting perfectly clean potable water to do things like water plants and flush toilets isn’t a sustainable practice, and it should be avoided if possible.