Rainwater Harvesting – The Answer is in Nature
Last month we celebrated “World Water Day” which gives us the opportunity to seriously consider how we as individuals and as a society are conserving or wasting the water at our disposal. This year’s theme is “The Answer is in Nature”, here at Sonbuilt we couldn’t agree more. Living in the Fraser Valley we are very accustomed to wet rainy days, those days provide the plenty of opportunity to harvest rain water and use it instead of letting be wasted down a storm drain.
Rainwater Harvesting Basics
A rain water harvesting system collects the water that falls on your roof and stores it in tanks until you are ready to use it. There are some limits to those uses; however what you are able to use it for includes flushing toilets, laundry, and even watering your lawn during the dry weeks! Sonbuilt is actually responsible for the construction of a home with the largest Graf residential rain water harvesting system in Canada, comprised of 9 tanks that that can hold up to 1,700 U.S. Gallons of water each.
An Economic Option
Water conservation is not only environmentally friendly, but it is also economic. After the initial cost of the tanks and the pump, there is no charge for collecting the water from your roof, and then redistributing that to your plants at a later time, or using it to dispose of waste after every flush of the toilet.