As its name implies, rainwater harvesting consists of collecting rain. People harvest rain so that they can use the water for various purposes, and it has been practiced since the beginning of time. Because of the many benefits that it offers, it is now experiencing resurgence in popularity.
Reduction in Water Bills
One of the primary benefits that harvesting rain provides you with is a reduction in water bills. The more ran you harvest, the less water you’ll have to pay for. It is completely free; the only cost associated with it is the cost of collecting it. It eliminates the need for you to invest in complex and costly water distribution systems, and it provides you with a reliable source of water when groundwater isn’t available. Additionally, because the population is always increasing, the demand for water is as well. When communities in Texas don’t have enough water, they tend to extract more water from the ground, which depletes the earth of groundwater.
A rainwater harvesting system is relatively easy to maintain. This allows communities to better utilize energy sources, which is important since drinking water isn’t easily renewable. The systems used to harvest are based on a simple technology that has an overall installation and operational cost that is much cheaper than that of its water purifying and pumping system counterparts. In fact, many rooftops can serve as catchment areas, which can then simply be linked to system. This eliminates the need for new infrastructure that can be costly and harmful to the environment. Harvesting provides you with water that you can use in substantial ways without purification.
Flood and Soil Erosion Reduction
Perhaps one of the most significant environmental benefits that it offers is a reduction in the amount of floods and soil erosion. Flooding and soil erosion lead to the land being depleted of key nutrients that it needs to stay healthy. By implementing the technology, land can begin to thrive again, and it can actually be stored in cisterns so that it can be used to water the land during times of drought and when water supply is at all time lows. Additionally, by catching rain in system, low areas that are prone to flooding might not be as apt to filling up as quickly and flooding over.
Many of the daily activities that we conduct utilize water, and not all of that has to go through a purification process in order for us to use it. For instance, flushing toilets, washing laundry, washing cars, watering gardens and other such activities can be done sufficiently. In fact, it’s kind of senseless to use purified drinking water for such purposes that don’t require it when there is plenty of free water that can be used instead.
In addition to the above listed benefits, there are numerous other benefits as well, some of which include environmental and economic benefits. For instance, not only does rainwater harvesting reduce consumers’ utility bills, but it also reduces the demand for utilities. This, in turn, reduces the amount of fuel-based machinery that is run, which reduces the amount of pollution put into the atmosphere. It also helps reduce wastage and the amount of flow to storm water drains. Moreover, a healthful benefit is that it is sodium-free, which is important for people who are on low-sodium diets.
Regardless of whether you want to harvest rain for health, economic or environmental reasons, there are numerous benefits available to you.