Self-Reliance | Rainwater Harvesting as the Primary Water Source for Your Home
Water is a resource you simply can’t live without. We discuss how rainwater harvesting can provide you with a fresh, pure water source while allowing self-reliance in your home.
Water – A Valuable Resource
During times of limited resources and an unstable economy, it might be a good time to look at parts of your life that can reinforce stability. Today, we’re talking about rainwater harvesting. This is a prime example of how to something that is out of your hands and taking control of this precious resource – water.
Whether you currently have your water supplied through a municipality, well, or you’re looking to build a new home an haven’t landed on a specific water source, rainwater harvesting might be a great fit for you.
We invite you to take control of your water. Here are the answers to some of the top questions we receive.
What is Rainwater Harvesting?
Rainwater Harvesting is the collection of rooftop rainwater which is then diverted to storage tanks, purified, and used for the entire home; that’s what are rainwater harvesting systems are designed to do.
It can work with small homes, large homes, and all types of rooftops.
Our customers use rainwater harvesting just like any other normal home water source – for drinking, cooking, washing, bathing, and more!
Is it Safe to Drink?
YES! Rainwater harvesting provides high-quality water. After coming through nature’s big distiller in the sky, rainwater falls onto the rooftop, it then goes through a pre-storage filter, into storage, and is pumped out into the home after going through a purification panel.
Harvested rainwater develops an amazing eco-system within the storage tank when properly designed. A naturally developed layer of healthy bacteria keeps the water in the storage tank clear, slime-free, and odor-free.
What Does the Maintenance and Upkeep Look Like?
Rainwater Harvesting systems are easy when it comes to maintenance. Here’s what you can expect:
- Checking and Cleaning the Pre-Storage Filter with a Hose and Brush (2-4 Times per year)
- Maintenance for FIlter Replacement and System Check (Annually)
And that’s it! Not much too it. We didn’t want to design a system that required monthly maintenance or a complicated service schedule.
How Does the Rainwater Harvesting System Integrate into My Home?
There are two aspects of integration into a home when it comes to rainwater harvesting.
The first is the integration of a new “water main”. The rainwater ties directly into your whole-house plumbing system and acts as a new water main. Automatic crossovers can also be installed to automatically switch back to city water or well water should you experience prolonged drought.
The second integration is the storage tanks and conveyance that connects to the house’s downspouts. There is a wide variety of options such as above ground or below ground storage. And it is generally easy to tie into all the downspouts.
Is the Pressure and Flowrate Good from a Rainwater Harvesting System?
Yes! Due to there being so little “lift” that the pump needs to overcome, we can provide excellent water pressure and flow rate. It’s one of the benefits of taking control of your water through rainwater harvesting.