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What is rainwater harvesting?

Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and storage of rainwater reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to run off. The rainwater can be collected through gutters that channels the water into downspouts and then into a storage vessel. Rainwater collection systems can be as simple as collecting rain in a rain barrel or as complex as harvesting rainwater into large cisterns to supply your entire household demand.

The traditional path of rainwater through our local water ecosystem and how it gets to our homes:

The simplified path available through the implementation of rainwater harvesting:

Why rainwater harvesting can be beneficial to you?

  • Collecting and using rainwater to replace municipal water, reduces your water bill.
  • Rainwater can be used for irrigation or indoor non-drinkable supply.
  • For a drinkable option a water filtration system should be installed.
  • Rainwater from a drinkable harvesting system that has been properly filtered and disinfected is some of the best tasting water available.
  • Harvesting rainwater can provide an independent water source in areas when other water sources are unavailable, or where the water quality is unacceptable.

Rainwater harvesting is the key to future water conservation

It is vital to have a method that utilises rainwater in an efficient manner. The harvested rainwater needs to be used in a timely and efficient manner to ensure your water tanks does not overflow, prohibiting further collection of rainwater.

*Look out for future blogposts on how to install a rainwater harvesting system at your home*

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