As environmental care and sustainability become larger and larger points of awareness within our society, there are several areas where advances are being made. Numerous processes, products and materials have become greener over the last couple decades, and these efforts will only continue as we look to reverse or at least stall much of the damage humans are doing to the globe.
At Wizard Rain Gutters, we’re here to tell you about one related area you may not have considered: Residential water collection and harvesting. We offer a huge variety of rain gutter materials and installations, including replacements like downspouts that will help you easily convert your drainage system into a partial or even full water harvesting format. This two-part blog series will detail several of the important points you need to know if you’re considering such a system on your property.
System Basics and Community Benefits
A rainwater collection system can work in a few different formats, which we’ll go over in a bit, but all the systems are similar in broad strokes. They connect the roof, gutters and barrels or other storage containers to allow rain and other water from the property to be collected and stored for future use. When operated properly, these systems are self-sustaining.
Generally speaking, environmental groups and those focused on conservation consider these systems a major positive. Rainwater collection requires no tax-supported action or similar government expense, and also limits the strain placed on local water treatment facilities and management groups. Communities that have been able to foster common use of rainwater harvesting systems will send much less rainwater into the local system, saving both homeowners and government bodies money that can be put toward other sustainability efforts.
There are also several individual benefits you may find from collecting and harvesting rainwater:
- Saving money on water and monthly utility costs
- Increasing the value of your home or property
- Reducing possible foundation or structural damage to the home caused fully or in part by poor previous drainage arrangements
Common Practical Applications
As we noted above, there are several formats you can consider here, from relatively simple ones that require little time or investment to those that are far more involved and essentially overhaul your drainage system entirely. Once you have the water, there are several possible applications for it:
- Plant and landscape watering: Because rainwater is free of chlorine or any other contaminants, it’s great for gardeners looking to grow new or existing plants. This is especially so for gardeners who use organic products and avoid contaminants at all costs.
- Water source: In other cases, water harvesting can provide a primary water source similar to a well.
- Drinking water: In more advanced cases where filtration is involved, this water supply can even be used for drinking water.
For more on creating a residential water collection and harvesting system with our help, or to learn about any of our rain gutters or siding installation services, speak to the staff at Wizard Rain Gutters today.