Rainwater Collection Economy in a Nutshell

Owners of cottages that are located away from cities or big settlements often underestimate collection and usage of rainwater, being sure that it is something complicated or too expensive. However, rainwater can offer good economy that will be considered below.

Rainwater can be collected and kept in airtight reservoirs that are hidden in the basement or under the ground. These reservoirs are offered by providers like Team Poly and are great for water storage. Such water can be used for toilets, gardening, laundry washing or other household purposes that do not mean consumption of this water. Cooking with rainwater is strictly forbidden because it is not clean enough, and filters that are available in households cannot remove all the contamination that is dangerous for health.

a rainwater tank beside a houseThe quality of rainwater depends directly on cleanliness of the air in your area and on the roofing material that you have. Slanting roofs are better for water collection, because running down the roof, the water has no time to collect much dirt. Besides that, flat roofs can collect rainwater only in the form of stale puddles that are perfect for development of microorganisms. The best roofing material for rainwater collection are ceramic tiles. Asphalt or metal shingles can give the water a color and pollute it with heavy metals. It is forbidden to collect water from roofs that consist of asbestos and concrete tiles.

If you want to save with the help of rainwater, you will have to invest only in purchase of a water tank and calculate the amount that you need. You cannot collect all the water that falls from the sky, and neither can you utilize a whole water tank. Too much rainwater that stays in a tank for a long time means development of microorganisms. Calculate the amount that is used for gardening, car washing, laundry, toilet, wet cleaning and other purposes that can involve rainwater and extract them from the entire amount that you use per day. Sometimes it is possible even to save on showers, replacing tap water with rainwater of a good quality. Still, even without showers you can see how much you can save on utility bills, doing nothing, just watching the rain filling your water tank. You can also preserve the rainwater you use for gardening with the help of gravel that lets the air through without letting moisture evaporate too quickly from the ground.

 

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