Rainwater Harvesting

Installing rainwater harvesting systems is extremely beneficial for all living beings and the environment alike. With a minimum of 36 states in danger of experiencing water shortages in the near future, it is up to home and business owners to repurpose the natural resource provided to them free of charge. The innovative equipment completing these systems offer a sub-surface collection and storage system with the added visual benefit of an attractive water feature. After the initial investment, rainwater harvesting will give back for years to come, ensuring future generations will enjoy the same environmental benefits.

As demand for this pristine resource rapidly increases, the supply continues to dwindle. Despite nature's regular contributions, lakes and other storage sources are facing a declining volume. This is a serious issue for a resource that so many things rely on for their survival. Collecting precipitation for the sake of repurposing not only lowers the stress on the supply, it also reduces the harmful run-off entering natural holding areas. Without the ability to penetrate man made materials such as concrete and roofing, it effortlessly heads away from its original location. In route, dirt, fertilizer, oil, and other damaging contaminants are picked up along the way. This uncontrolled flow can negatively impact its surroundings in the form of flooding, erosion, and unwanted debris in storm drains.

Utilizing a rainwater harvesting system decreases this waste and damage by catching and repurposing incoming precipitation
. It accomplishes this by collecting roof run-off or drainage among permeable pavers. A specialized liner under the pavers gathers the liquid and guides it in the right direction for further storage. When drainage occurs via downspouts an added filter will ensure contaminants such as leaves, sticks, and even fine debris are eliminated before directing the run-off towards the storage basin. This tightly sealed reservoir is modular in design and easily shaped to accommodate a variety of arrangements. Once collected within the storage component the fluid can be repurposed in a number of ways. A high pressure pump allows for its easy use, and irrigation equipment can be installed to provide moisture to the surrounding landscape. When a recirculating filter system is included, a pump maximizes system efficiency by reusing the liquid and providing a continual cycle of recycled enzymes and valuable bacteria.

Shortages of this precious resource are widespread, yet the need remains. From just 30 inches of rain in a given year, roughly 37,500 gallons of it are available to repurpose. It is imperative that home and business owners become educated on the many avenues in which the liquid can provide beneficial savings to both the environment and the bank account. From washing a vehicle and topping off a backyard swimming pool, to bathing and fueling an irrigation system, this free and organic resource is one to make the most of. By installing comprehensive rainwater harvesting systems property owners can maximize the potential benefits.

The environmental impact is at the forefront of the many positive outcomes. With 70% of a home's liquid being utilized for exterior use, the equipment can substantially alter the demand on municipal systems. By resourcefully making use of such an important (and FREE) resource, self-sustainable property owners will see a decrease in their utility costs. From plants and animals to residential and commercial property owners, everyone wins when a rainwater harvesting system is incorporated into their landscaping.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rainwater Harvesting
Why is rainwater harvesting becoming more popular? Why is Texas considered to be at the forefront of rainwater harvesting? What does a rainwater harvesting system look like?
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