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 is then recycled and comes out of your taps and toilets – 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:
- Water the office plants, crops and school gardens in the early morning or late evening to prevent evaporation
- Run the tap only when necessary
- Encourage customers and employees to take shorter showers
- Install eco-flush toilets, that don’t use excess water
Longer lasting appliances
Certain parts of the UK have very hard water. You can see tell tell signs of hard water by checking for soap scum in your sink and looking to see if your kettle produces limescale. Limescale is a problem which builds up and reduces the life of your appliances, especially ones that heat up water like washing machines and kettles. When you use the water from your rainwater harvesting system, it provides your business with soft water, limescale-free water, the perfect solution for companies that depend on their appliances, such as restaurants and hotels. It’s a win win.
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 through 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 start improving your company’s sustainability credentials!
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