It’s no secret that water is in limited supply. Even though nearly 70 percent of our planet is covered by water, only about 0.007 percent is actually accessible and drinkable. The good news is that there are ways for us to collect our own water without having to spend a fortune on bottled water and water treatment systems. One of these ways is with a rainwater collection system. Keep reading and we’ll discuss the benefits of a collection system, and the best methods to create your own.
How do I harvest rainwater?
The easiest way to collect rainwater is with a rain barrel. All it requires is the rain barrel and a properly functioning gutter downspout. This is a very simple way to collect rainwater at your residence with very minimal effort. The barrels can be found at any home improvement store, and if you need assistance getting your gutters in order, the experts at Fairfield County Exteriors are available to help!
However, the downside to using a rain barrel instead of a more sophisticated system is their capacity is usually only around 50 to 100 gallons of water. This also means that it’s easy for them to overflow, wasting your efforts altogether.
How do I use the collected rainwater?
Collected rainwater has a variety of uses including:
- Watering your lawn or garden
- Washing your pets or vehicles
- Refilling your ponds or water features
- Washing off your driveway and sidewalks
No matter how you choose to use it, just know that by collecting and recycling rainwater you are doing your part to help the environment and you’re saving yourself a little bit of money as well.