Rainwater harvesting might sound sophisticated but all it really means is collecting rainwater for further use. In other words, it’s the recycling of rainwater. Did you know, that installing a rainwater harvesting system can save up to 50% of your water consumption? Rainwater harvesting systems are great for improving your business’s water efficiency, sustainability and if it helps your business save money – even better!
There are a few different types of rainwater harvesting systems that you could invest in, depending on how much water you tend to use. For a business that consumes a relatively low amount of water, we would recommend getting a water butt. A water butt is a large barrel used for catching and storing rainwater. You can find out more about water butts here. Alternatively, if your business uses a large amount of water there are a range of harvesting systems to suit your needs including, water tanks and underground alternatives for those with limited space. Let’s explore the benefits of having one…
They can reduce your water bills by around 50%
Rainwater harvesting systems pretty much do what they say on the tin – they collect rainwater that gathers on your building’s pipes for you to reuse. Once installed they’re brilliant for reducing your business’s water bills because the rainwater collected can be reused for other purposes such as watering plants and gardens – the only difference you’ll notice is a reduced water bill.
Rainwater harvesting saves your water supply
We’ve been blessed with beautifully sunny weather recently and although this is amazing, it does mean a drought is likely to come our way. This may come in the form of a hosepipe ban. Therefore, it’s important to use water efficiently during the summer, so here are some top tips to reuse the rainwater in your system:
- Use the rainwater collected to water the office plants, crops, and school gardens
- Water your plants in the early morning or late evening to prevent the rainwater from evaporating
- Run the garden tap only when necessary
Reducing the risk of flooding
If you’re looking to lower your environmental footprint, using a rainwater harvesting system is hugely beneficial. They minimise the risk of flooding by storing the rainwater, rather than letting it build up on surfaces – furthermore, there will be less demand from your mains supply.
They’re easy to install
Over-ground systems are so easy to install! Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to install your water butt.
Now you know the benefits of a rainwater harvesting system, you can start being more water efficient this summer and improve your company’s sustainability credentials!
We would love to see your water saving efforts, Tweet us a photo @Affinityfb of your rainwater harvesting system.