While SW British Columbia has had an extraordinary amount of sunshine this fall season, we all know that will come to an end, and optimal times for collecting rainwater are near.
Rainwater harvesting is simply the act of collecting rainwater during and/or after rain falls. Rainwater is then filtered and saved for reuse.
Here are some ways which we know rainwater collection can really benefit you, not only as an individual or family, but as a business, and beyond.
For Home use rainwater collection is excellent for having sufficient water for gardending during long, dry summers. It is also recommended, in some municipalities, that you have a water collection tank directly on your property in the event of fires. Each municipality is different, so please contact your City Hall directly for more information.
Rainwater collection is highly useful in the agricultural industry for maintaining consistent watering schedules for crops. According to permaculturenews.org: “Water conservation is increasingly being encouraged in crucial sectors of the economy, such as the agriculture sector. This is fuelled by an increasing demand for water and growing concerns of water scarcity in the society. The United Nations even considers water availability to be a major issue for the 21st century.”
One benefit of rainwater harvesting for your business could be in cost savings. According to surfrider.org: “For every 1” of rain and 1,000 square feet of impermeable surface (roof, driveway, etc), about 620 gallons are generated. Meaning, you can capture about .62 gallons per sq ft.” [Sourced here].
Each municipality will have their own recommendations for collection and uses, but wouldn’t it be great it the concept and practice of rainwater collection began with them?
“Harvesting rainwater can enable industrial companies with sufficient roof space to dramatically reduce their use of potable water for nonpotable applications, easing the strain on municipalities that have to provide ever-increasing volumes of potable water, says specialist precast concrete products manufacturer Rocla.”
This is how we collect rainwater at Clarion Tanks:
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