According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the average American household uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water each day. The threat of water shortages coupled with increased awareness of the importance of conserving water has resulted in many people making changes to reduce their consumption. Whether it’s turning off the tap while brushing their teeth and taking shorter showers or replacing lawns with eco-friendly landscaping, they are rising to the challenge.
Rainwater collection systems are becoming increasingly popular as people seek to not only reduce their consumption, but their water bills as well. One of the reasons these systems are so successful is that every inch of rain per 1,000 square feet of rooftop is equal to approximately 600 gallons of water. You can wash a lot of clothes—or cars, with that amount of water.
Benefits of Rainwater Collection
One of the many benefits of collecting rainwater is that it’s free of salts, minerals and man-made contaminants. Weed killers and other toxic substances can seep into groundwater. Diverting runoff into storage containers ensures that it remains free of any existing contamination. There are even techniques through which rainwater can be used to recharge existing ground water.
The Rainwater Harvesting Association estimates that using rainwater just for flushing toilets and washing clothes can reduce household water consumption by up to 40%. That amount can represent a significant cost savings on your water bill. In fact, those savings have proven to be so significant that many municipalities are responding to the loss in revenue by instituting laws and codes either forbidding or restricting rainwater collection. It’s important to investigate your local laws before investing in a system of your own.
Methods of Rainwater Collection
There are many different methods for collecting rainwater. Some systems, such as a rain barrel with a piece of cheesecloth as a filter placed under a downspout, are simple and inexpensive. The amount of rainwater collected depends on the weather and the size of the receptacle used to collect and store it. Even a simple outdoor system can provide ample water for a garden.
Other types of systems can be plumbed into your home. Indoor systems can include tanks designed to contain consumable liquids, including drinking water. Bladder storage tanks are popular because they are flexible and can be installed in smaller spaces, as well as easily moved to another location. Depending on the complexity of the system, the cost of your initial investment can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars.
That investment can quickly pay for itself in savings on your water bill. More importantly, conserving clean water today ensures that it can continue to provide life-giving sustenance for generations to come.
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