Fresh, potable water is quickly becoming a threatened resource! With high population growth in dry states, dropping aquifer levels, drought conditions, and an aging water infrastructure, “water promises to be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th.”
We can expect the cost of municipal water to continue to rise. Since 2004, water costs have risen 5-7% a year. According to the EPA, in the last five years, nearly every region of the country has experienced water shortages!
Rainwater harvesting is collecting the run-off from your home or other structure for storage and later use. Traditionally, this involved harvesting the rain from a roof. The rain will collect in gutters that channel the water into downspouts and then into storage vessels. Rainwater collection systems can be as simple as collecting rain in a rain barrel or as elaborate as harvesting rainwater into large cisterns to supply your entire household demand.
The idea of rainwater harvesting is not new. Its a technology that has been used for over 4,000 years. There are many countries such as Germany and Australia where rainwater harvesting is a norm. Due to the increasing threat of potable water shortage, rainwater harvesting systems are becoming more popular here in America.
At Wet ‘n’ Green, we believe that rainwater harvesting is a viable technology today. With the increasing cost of water, rainwater harvesting systems are becoming more economically feasible. All that is necessary to take advantage of this resource is to capture the free water falling on your roof and direct it to a rainwater storage tank. You can take control of your water supply and replace all or at least a substantial portion of your water needs. Rainwater harvesting systems can be configured to supply your landscape needs and, with the right system, your whole house.
Some of the Benefits of Rainwater Collection include
- Rainwater is a absolutely free source of water
- You have total control over your water supply and it is environmentally responsible
- Rainwater is better for landscape plants and gardens because it is NOT chlorinated
- It reduces storm water runoff from homes and businesses
- It can solve the drainage problems on your property
- Considerable cost savings with rising water costs
- It can provide an excellent back-up source of water for emergencies
- Connect rainwater collection system to irrigation/sprinkler system
- You can use to wash vehicles and pets without filtration systems
- Fill your fountains, fish ponds and your swimming pool