Rain chains and rain barrels are smart ways to conserve water and save energy. Learn more about their benefits and installation.
Rainwater collecting or harvesting is economically and environmentally beneficial for owners of commercial or residential property. Rainwater harvesting is the collection of rainwater directly from the surface it falls on, according to Harvesting Rainwater for Domestic Uses: An Information Guide, a report by the Environment Agency. Rainwater harvesting is an ideal solution to our interminable need to conserve natural resources as demand continues to rise. According to the Environment Agency, harvesting rainwater has the following benefits:
Reduced demand for available resources.
Reduced risk of pollution, as less rainwater is discharged to drains and sewers, and ultimately, to rivers. "Environmentally harvesting rainwater significantly contributes to a decrease in pollution of storm water and keeping our waterways clean by slowing down surface runoff,” according to Kim Usry, ARCSA, AP, owner of H2o Collect in Richmond, Virginia.
Reduced water bills. Approximately 37% of domestic property owners and nearly all industrial and commercial property owners will experience a notable decrease in water cost. "Irrigation is one of our most costly water expenses. Using harvested water for irrigation alone could save a home a lot of money,” Usry explained.
Reduced risk of flooding and damage. Excessive rainwater is often the cause of flooded sewers, leaky basements, and eroded foundations. Harvesting rainwater helps safeguard homes and commercial properties from the aforementioned expensive issues.