More and more households are reaping the benefits of using rainwater as an alternative natural resource. If you’re wondering how you can cut down on your water consumption, harvesting rainwater is key. Here’s how to do it.
Collect and store supply
Collecting rainwater is an old practice done in many Australian homes. Since then, there have been improvements in how water is collected and distributed in the household. Rainwater tanks have become more sophisticated, allowing a household to utilise harvested water and mains supply simultaneously.
To keep an abundant supply for cleaning, bathing, and gardening, a 30-50KL tank is ideal for this purpose. The use of tanks of these sizes is not uncommon, as the average home could naturally collect up to 100KL of rainwater annually. If you collect even half of that amount, it can significantly offset your water consumption and decrease your household water expenses.
Use collected water as much as possible
Using rainwater is not only convenient but also very economical and environment-friendly. Rainwater is soft water, which is ideal for use in laundry and other cleaning purposes. It’s also good for use as bath water. The absence of some substances and minerals in the rainwater requires less soap and detergent. You can also use it to flush toilets and supply water to the garden. You can then reserve the use of mains water supply for drinking and food preparation needs.
Integrate the mains and harvested water supply
Make switching from rainwater to mains water easy by installing a rainwater tank that automatically switches to the mains when the collected water supply runs low. This prevents water supply interruption in the household and keeps a steady supply of water, especially for times of the year when there’s less rain for collection. Some tanks also come with filters and overflow pipes that direct the excess water to garden areas.
Rainwater is a valuable natural resource that, when properly collected and utilised, can save you a lot of money on water expenses. It’s the one thing you can use that virtually costs nothing and saves you a lot of money. Start collecting rainwater in your home so you, too, can cut down on your water bills and show a little bit more love to Mother Nature.