What is rainwater harvesting?
Rainwater harvesting (also called roofwater harvesting) involves the collection, storage and distribution of rainwater from the roof, for use inside and outside the home or business.
How can rainwater be used?
Australia is the driest continent on earth and in most rural communities rainwater is the only supply of water for human consumption. Australians have used rainwater for many years as their source of water for all requirements - drinking, cooking, bathing, laundry, toilet flushing through to watering the garden. This is also true for many other communities around the world.
Nowadays, even when mains or reticulated water supplies are available to communities, many people choose to use rainwater that is collected from the roof and stored in tanks or other vessels to supply their water requirements. Rainwater is an ideal source for our water requirements and momentum behind rain harvesting is building.
Rainwater is a safe and sustainable water supply
Rainwater that is captured and stored correctly is a safe, economical and sustainable source of quality water. Safety measures can be applied to the manner in which rainwater is captured, stored and dispensed. In fact some people argue that rainwater is safer than water supplied through mains or reticulated water systems. Our mains water is typically stored in dams, treated with chemicals such as chlorine to kill of bacteria and make it safe, and then pumped through a network of pipes throughout the community. It makes sense to catch the rain that falls for free without chemicals.
Main benefits of using rainwater
Significant economic, social and environmental benefits can be achieved by using rainwater.
By using Rainwater Harvesting systems to supply water for some, or indeed all of our requirements, you can reduce your dependence on mains water. Our water supplies are falling and water restrictions are in place in many communities to reduce our overall water usage and protect our supplies.
There is no better quality water available naturally than rainwater. Some say there are health benefits to using rainwater which is not treated with chemicals like our mains water is.
Rainwater falls for free - once you have installed a rain harvesting system, you use less mains water and can reduce your water bills. Governments and Water Boards will increase water prices as they look to recover the true costs of providing water to the community.
The cost to the community to supply mains or reticulated water services is becoming more expensive every year. The construction of dams, pipes and treatment plants is huge and ultimately as tax and rate-payers, we foot this cost.
Rainwater Harvesting reduces the significant damage to our creeks, water habitats and organisms caused by stormwater runoff.
Some Australian State Governments have introduced legislation mandating new standards of energy and water efficiency ratings that must be incorporated into new dwellings. Local administrators have also introduced guidelines for safe water usage systems. Rain Harvesting Pty Ltd has worked in conjunction with authorities to establish these guidelines and has developed a range of patented products that can be used in conjunction with roofing, gutters, downpipes and rainwater tanks to provide complete rainwater solutions.
Other reasons for using rainwater.
Systems and products for rainwater harvesting
Rain Harvesting Pty Ltd is the manufacturer of a complete range of rainwater goods that improve water quality and reduce maintenance.
We have developed a practical guide to creating a complete and sustainable water supply system.
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