Rainwater Collection Systems
Rainwater harvesting is the capture, diversion, and storage of rainwater for a number of different purposes including landscape irrigation, drinking and domestic use, aquifer recharge, and stormwater abatement.
“Rainwater harvesting is an ancient technique enjoying a revival in popularity due to the inherent quality of rainwater and interest in reducing consumption of treated water.”
Rainwater is valued for its purity and softness. It has a nearly neutral pH, and is free from disinfection by-products, salts, minerals, and other natural and man-made contaminants. Plants thrive under irrigation with stored rainwater. Appliances last longer when free from the corrosive or scale effects of hard water. Users with potable systems prefer the superior taste and cleansing properties of rainwater.
Advantages and benefits of rainwater harvesting are numerous:
- the water is free; the only cost is for collection and use
- the end use of harvested water is located close to the source, eliminating the need for complex and costly distribution systems
- rainwater provides a water source when groundwater is unacceptable or unavailable, or it can augment limited groundwater supplies
- the zero hardness of rainwater helps prevent scale on appliances, extending their use; rain water eliminates the need for a water softener and the salts added during the softening process
- rainwater is sodium-free, important for persons on low-sodium diets
- rainwater is superior for landscape irrigation
- rainwater harvesting reduces flow to stormwater drains and also reduces non-point source pollution
- rainwater harvesting helps utilities reduce the summer demand peak and delay expansion of existing water treatment plants
- rainwater harvesting reduces consumers’ utility bills”
cited “The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting”
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