In part one of this two-part blog series, we went into some of the basics and benefits of establishing a rainwater collection and harvesting system on your property. This practice, one that’s heavily on the rise in recent years as more home and building owners look for environmentally-friendly upgrades, is one that can be easily integrated with existing rain gutters and drainage systems.
At Wizard Rain Gutters, we’re proud to offer rain gutter repair and upgrade solutions that will assist you with any form of drainage system you’re looking to organize for your property, including rainwater harvesting. For today’s blog, we’ll look at some of the primary setup formats people use for these systems, the simple benchmarks they offer you for calculating rainwater and irrigation areas, and the benefits these systems bring if your property is in a particularly dry area.
While these are easy systems to set up, it’s vital to ensure you have collection formats that can support the weight of rainwater – which can be heavier than you might think in large quantities. Most homeowners use basic barrels here, where the barrel sits on a bed of gravel or another strong support, avoiding mud creation and allowing for proper water flow.
No matter which kind of collection method you use, all containers should be covered and cleaned regularly. Some choose to connect two or more containers to guard against overflow and regulate future irrigation. Finally, ensure your rain gutters on the roof are well-cleaned so rainwater channels stay clear and keep the system functioning properly.
Calculating Rainwater Amounts
For those who want to calculate the amount of rainwater being captured by their system, whether for irrigation purposes or basic interest, this is a simple process. Begin by calculating the dimensions of your roof or the water collection surface in question, including both the length and width of the surface.
From here, you’ll also need a separate container that’s present just for tracking the amount of rainfall from a given storm or season (in inches). Once you have these three numbers, you simply multiply them together – length of the roof in feet, multiplied by width of the roof in feet, multiplied by the number of inches of rainfall in your sample. The result: The number of gallons of rainwater collected during that period of time.
Benefits for Dry Areas
For dry areas like Utah, rainwater harvesting systems can be enormously beneficial. For starters, they allow for easy compliance with water restrictions if any are present in your area – they provide you with additional water supplies that are not controlled by the government. They also prevent you from the fees and surcharges you may have to pay to exceed regulatory levels in your area, this while limiting the amount of your city water supply you have to use each month.
For more on the benefits of a rainwater collection system on your property, or to learn about any of our rain gutter or siding services, speak to the staff at Wizard Rain Gutters today.