5 Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting
Some states make it illegal for homeowners to collect and use rainwater. Thanks to Rainwater Capture Act of 2012, it’s not illegal to do this in California. If you’re interested in using water conservatively, rainwater harvesting might be something you’d like to learn more about. In this post, you’ll learn more about the advantages of harvesting rainwater to decide if this is something you want to enact at your home.
Minimizes Flooding and Erosion
Have you had problems with erosion around the downspouts at your home? Perhaps you’ve noticed a problem in garden areas. Collecting rainwater keeps erosion to a minimum and even helps manage storm water run-off, preventing flooding in areas around your home.
Lowers Your Water Bills
You already know that the less water you use the less you pay each month on your water bill. Collecting rainwater helps you do this and still water your yard and wash your vehicles. It’s used as a primary source of water for some households, while others use it only as a back-up source. However, what you might not realize is that rainwater collection also lowers costs for communities. When more people in a community collect rainwater, this takes the pressure off municipal sources. It doesn’t mean that municipal treatment centers stop treating water. It simply means there’s less demand and these centers don’t have to use as much money trying to keep up with the demand.
Less Demand on Ground Water
Digging for ground water puts a strain on the environmental and can cause damage. While it’s not a big problem in California yet, there are places in the world where it’s necessary to keep digging deeper into the ground to find water sources. Eventually, all this digging disturbs the soil and causes it to collapse. In California, where drought has been a big problem, harvesting rainwater takes the pressure off municipalities to find more water when the ground water supplies run low.
Great for Non-Drinking Water
Think about how you use water every day. Most of the water we use in our house isn’t actually for drinking. Instead, it’s used for things like doing laundry, washing dishes, taking showers, and flushing toilets. What many people don’t realize is that rainwater can be used to do all of these things. In fact, because rainwater is soft, you use less detergent when washing clothes and soap when washing clothes. Rainwater is also ideal for washing cars, giving your pets a bath, and any cleaning you need to do around the house.
Great for Yards
Are you having a hard time keeping your plants alive? If your yard could use some help, rainwater might be the answer. When people use harvested water, they potentially flush harmful salt buildup from the soil and the plants. Another benefit of using rainwater is that it’s free from chlorination. Treated water is safe to drink and safe for yards, but it still contains trace amounts of chlorine. When you use rainwater, you’re giving your yard the best nature has to offer.
How to Collect Rainwater
Collecting rainwater can be as simple or extravagant as you want it to be. Many people purchase rain barrels from their local home improvement store and set them up to collect the rainwater from their downspouts. Others go so far as to install rainwater harvesting systems on their roofs to integrate the system into their home. If this is something you’re interested in doing, contact a specialist to help you get started.
At Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter, we know how important it is for homes and businesses to have access to clean water. We also know that water is a natural resource that needs protecting. Finding ways to conserve water is something that Californians have gotten used to doing, and even though the drought may be over, the habits we picked up over the last few years aren’t forgotten.
Another way to conserve water is to make sure you don’t waste water due to leaky pipes, toilets, faucets, and other fixtures. If you have a water leak at your house, contact us today. We’ll send a licensed plumber to your home to investigate the problem and make repairs right away. Call us at (888) 668-8922.