Rainwater harvesting is a technique that might seem old-fashioned when you consider today’s water treatment needs, but this environmentally friendly method that has been used for centuries is seeing a resurgence of interest from commercial and government entities in Texas as well as by homeowners. As people realize how precious water is and how the availability of fresh, untreated water is dwindling in the San Antonio area, rainwater collection is becoming more popular. There are several reasons it’s a good idea to consider San Antonio rainwater collection for your home.
Collect rainwater for many different purposes
Rainwater that you collect for your home isn’t used for drinking or cooking, but that’s just a fraction of the ways in which you use water in your home each day. Washing clothes or dishes, bathing, flushing toilets and watering plants are just a few of the many ways this essential commodity is used for your cleaning and living purposes. In fact, most of the water consumed in your household goes toward non-drinking uses. Collecting rainwater can be an excellent way to manage a valuable resource while saving money at the same time.
Help prevent erosion and flooding
One of the primary ways rainwater harvesting helps both your family and the environment is by reducing soil erosion and the chances for flooding. You’re familiar with the minor erosion you see at your downspouts and collection points at the bottom of slopes in your yard. Rainwater collection can help prevent the problem in your yard and ultimately on a larger scale around your neighborhood and city.
Save money on your water bills
You’ll save money when you harvest the rainwater that falls on your property. Since a substantial portion of your monthly water use goes towards needs that can be met through rainwater collection, you’ll spend less of your monthly budget for municipal water usage. Communities can save money too when residents collect rainwater rather than placing demands on the water system.
Get soft water without a water softening system
Many people appreciate the value of soft water, that is, water that doesn’t have minerals such as calcium and magnesium in it. While these minerals are important in drinking water, they cause problems in washing machines, dishwashers or showers. The deposits left behind by the minerals can lead to problems for dishwashers and washing machines and are also known to affect clothes and hair washed in hard water. Many homeowners pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for systems to soften their water that could be free through rainwater harvesting.
Like many areas of the country as well as around the world, Texas is carefully managing its groundwater resources and planning for potential shortfalls due to increased population as well as impacts from climate change. San Antonio rainwater collection is an excellent way you can help your neighborhood and your city better conserve a resource that unfortunately shows signs of dwindling over the next few decades. You can use stored rainwater during times of drought without worrying that you’re helping contribute to a water shortage.
It’s not hard to collect rainwater for later use. Many residents use barrels which hold rainwater that runs through a home’s gutters. Rooftop collection methods are also available that hold water in tanks or distribute it as needed throughout the household. No matter how you collect rainwater, using this essential resource in an environmentally friendly way will help you and your neighbors greatly for years to come.