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Rainwater Harvesting

When Americans were asked to rate their level of worry about each of 12 environmental concerns, the top 4 were related to water.  This information was provided by Gallup Poll, March 2008

Water is quickly becoming an “endangered species” on our blue planet.  Urban growth increases storm water runoff, which in turn harms natural waterways.  All life requires water for survival.  Becoming aware of the current state of our environmental condition is the first step in identifying viable solutions to ensure clean and healthy water for future generations.

Local water sources such as lakes, reservoirs and groundwater continue to decline despite regular rain events.  Some examples of why this is happening are:

  • Demand is becoming greater than supply and the rains that do fall on our ground are lost.
  • Rainwater is actually flowing away from the area it falls on due to development.
  • Highly developed areas can have 50% or more surface area covered by impervious surfaces forcing water away from the area where it is needed.
  • As rainwater is carried away it does not have the opportunity to soak into the soil or groundwater reserves so our aquifers continue to lose water and new water is not coming.

Are you doing your part to conserve this vital natural resource? Did you know:

  • 1 inch of rainfall on a 2,000 Sq. Ft. residential roof generates 1,250 gallons of water that can be reused.
  • That same roof in a region receiving 30″ of annual rainfall generates 41,000 gallons of reusable water.
  • The average U.S. household with a 10,000 square lot uses up to 3,000 gallons of water weekly for landscape irrigation.
  • Running a sprinkler for 2 hours can use up to 500 gallons of water.

This information was acquired from Aquascape Inc. Please view their website for more info: http://www.rainxchange.com

As you start your planning, start by watching your water needs.  Conserve first and then start building small with an eye on the future.  Water rates are not going to go down and rainwater harvesting can be a very good investment if done wisely.  Rainwater harvesting can be cool, good for the environment and good for your pocketbook too!

Harvesting rainwater offers many advantages: It conserves municipal and well water; Saves on Water Bills; It is FREE; avoid strict watering schedules; gravity fed systems conserve energy; It is low in salts and extremely rich in nutrients and good for plants; Using rainwater to irrigate will reduce the need to add chemical fertilizers and it can reduce flooding and erosion.

SOME EXAMPLES OF WAYS TO RAINWATER HARVEST

  1. Rain Barrels – The simplest way of capturing rainwater is to trap it in a barrel.  A rainwater barrel can be placed at the bottom of your existing gutter and drainage systems.  Storing rain water allows you to keep gardens growing during watering restrictions and reduces the burden for municipal water.  Rainwater is also much better for your plants than municipal chemically treated water.
  2. Create a Rainwater Garden – By capturing rainwater from your downspout there are many different options available such as creating gardens that use the water for its irrigation or more highly advanced systems that hold the water in chambers underground to be used at your discretion for landscape irrigation purposes.
  3. Add a water feature to your property using a Pondless Waterfall with a holding tank underground.  Use the water for the water feature and you could also access the water for irrigation purposes.

Decorative Landscapes Inc. has over 25 years experience in drainage solutions.  Rainwater Harvesting is just an extension of their vast experience and knowledge in this area.  There are so many options available it is hard to list them all.  So, if you are looking to do your part in conserving this natural resource and save some money $$$$$$$ at the same time give Decorative Landscapes Inc. a call and let them design the perfect rainwater harvesting system for you.