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Keen gardeners often have rainwater butts to collect water to use on their lawns and flower beds. However, until recently it wasn’t considered practical or safe to use this water elsewhere. Now, new technology means a rainwater harvesting system can be plumbed into your home’s pipework. Harvested water can be used to wash clothes and cars, water gardens and flush toilets – a large drain on your mains water supply. Rain can even be treated and used as drinking water.
In fact, by combining a water meter and rainwater harvesting system, householders can benefit from a 50% saving on their water bills.
The Cost of Water
We wash ourselves, clothes, dishes and our other belongings more than ever before. We power wash our patios and cars. We use hose pipes and sprinklers in our gardens. The average home in the UK is using 350 litres of water a day according to the Department of Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Over 50% of that water is used for processes which don’t require potable water (water that is safe for drinking).
Most of us take it for granted that we turn on our taps and there’s plenty of water – but our increasing personal and home hygiene standards mean we’re using more and more of this precious resource. The truth is, collecting water in reservoirs, treating it and pumping it to our homes is a costly process. We’re paying an increasing cost – and so is the environment.
The Environment Pays too…
The process of supplying domestic and commercial water uses a huge amount of energy. Producing this energy creates carbon emissions. Our water use is also a drain on natural water resources: lakes, rivers and underground reserves are plundered.
Rainwater Harvesting – Saving You Money
Rainwater harvesting systems are increasingly effective at reducing your mains water usage. The water is mainly collected from rain falling onto your roof, your existing guttering and downpipes are used to supply a tank where the water is filtered and stored. Water is then pumped directly to points of use in your home, or may be fed into a secondary header tank in your loft to increase the pressure of the supply.
Complete systems are cost-effective, simple to install and require little maintenance.
Turning Rainwater into Drinking Water
New innovations mean that it’s now possible to turn rainwater into drinking water with the use of a potable tank. Dependant on rainfall, it’s entirely possible to replace a large proportion of mains water use.
The installation of a rainwater harvesting system could mean you never complain about wet weather again!
To find out more about how to save money and reduce your home’s impact on the environment, have a look at PuraTANK’s range of complete rainwater harvesting systems.