Importance of rain water
If you are a homeowner, you are probably burdened with bills. Unlike people who live in apartments, bills for houses can be rather high. This is why you should reduce spending whenever you can.
One amazing solution is installing rain water tanks and rain water collection system. Instead of paying for water, you can simply get it yourself.
Water systems are especially beneficial in regions with high water bills or scarce water supply.
On top of that, this is an ecological solution which simultaneously gives you some form of independence.
If you wish to go green, it is best to start with water barrels. They are the simplest and most common water collection method. Furthermore, you can easily obtain them. If you can’t purchase barrels in your vicinity, you can always make them yourself.
Have in mind that rain barrels should always be comprised of plastic. Do not try and tinker with different materials. This is the safest and most natural solution for collecting water. If you are concerned about durability, you can always get thicker containers.
You will also have to get lids. Barrels should be opened prior to bad weather and closed afterwards. This will prevent bugs from falling into them ensuring that you always have uncontaminated water.
I have seen articles where people suggest placing rain barrels below the roof so that the gutter water can pour into them. Do not do this! Collection of rain water is not only an economical solution; it is also a healthy solution. Make sure that the water is falling directly from the sky into the barrels. This will make it easier to filter for personal use later on.
Rainwater collection systems
After trying out water barrels, most people are quite satisfied and wish to take their water collection to the next level. So, they opt to install a rainwater collection system.
Unlike barrels (which can be positioned practically anywhere within your garden) tanks used for water collection system need to be installed bellow the ground. Here, rainwater is collected and stored for further use.
Rainwater collection systems use pumps and filter to direct water from tanks to your home. However, these systems aren’t something you should install by yourself. Make sure to call professionals which will install it for you. Minor mistakes can lead to a leak or unfiltered water making way to your home.
Water is breeding ground for mosquitoes. If you have rain tanks or barrels in your backyard, there is a good chance that mosquitoes will start breeding within them, sooner than later. As I mentioned, this is the main reason to get a water lid. However, you can also try some other solutions:
- Having a goldfish in your tank (it will eat mosquito larvae
- Adding some bleach or dish soap to the barrel
- Using anti-mosquito products
- Draining the barrel from time to time
If you use it for personal consumption, infested water can pose a real health hazard. Make sure to do everything in your power to prevent this from happening.
Uses for water
If you are careful enough, you can use this water for personal consumption. As a precautionary measure, I would still suggest that you use water filter to additionally purify it.
Besides drinking, you can use rain water for showering, for washing your car, for your garden etc.
Water barrels and water collection systems are especially great for families that grow vegetables. In this case, you can even collect the water that pours from the roof (it will hasten collection process). This way, you can significantly cut your costs.
About the author: Nick Stoyanov is a copywriter and content strategist at Forpumps – Australia’s largest online pump store. 4 Pumps is an Australian company that focuses on the national distribution of its comprehensive range of quality pumping products.