Rainwater Harvesting: The Water-wise Solution for the Future

We all love our gardens and we especially love to see them in bloom. It brings such a sense of peace and also gives us so much satisfaction, knowing we cultivated it to perfection. However, that cultivation process involves hard work and can come at a cost.

Conservation is at the forefront of many people’s minds. We gardeners also tend to be keen conservationists; after all, we love everything green! But we can all acknowledge that water waste can go hand in hand with garden maintenance. It’s a fact that plants need water, but it’s also true that we can no longer just stand, hose in hand, and spray to our heart’s content. Luckily, we here at Windy Willows have been giving this much thought and may have just the solution for you.

What is Rainwater Harvesting?

In simple terms, rainwater harvesting, or collection, is the use of a harvesting system to collect and store rainwater. These systems can range from advanced to basic, and the water they collect can be used for a variety of purposes. This can include irrigation or reuse for washing cars and flushing toilets, and, if purified properly, even consuming.

The use of rainwater harvesting systems has become very popular since water shortages are more common in widely populated areas. For example, in many cities, a large amount of rain ends up in sewers where it will be disposed of, and, since it often doesn’t filter into the soil, it can be quite a waste. With rainwater collection, water that would otherwise have gone to waste can now be used. This is a tremendous boon to the environment, not to mention the many ways you could benefit as well. Yes, now you can beat those pesky water outages and more hard-hitting droughts.

Some ways that rainwater collection can benefit you and the planet include water bill cost reduction, easy maintenance, increased value to your property, optimised water supply pressure, additional water supply and water wastage prevention. A major win in our books!

What Do You Need for Rainwater Harvesting?

Your system will depend on your needs and preferences. To start, you need to know what these systems usually consist of. Most are made up of a distribution system, a storage container or tank, a conveyance system, and diverters and filters.

If this sounds overwhelming to you, simply get in touch with us because we include rainwater harvesting in our water services. We offer a range of units to suit your needs:

  • A basic unit: This includes a cement base, a rainwater tank that can be connected to your gutter, a leaf catcher, and a ball valve.
  • An intermediate unit: This includes a cement base, a rainwater tank that can be connected to your gutter, a leaf catcher, a ball valve, an electronic float valve, and piping from the municipal feed as a backup for when it doesn’t rain.
  • An advanced unit: This includes all the items from the basic and intermediate units, with the inclusion of a pressure pump strong enough to drive garden irrigation. Should you want feedback into your home to account for water outages, we can offer you the price on request.

For more detail about our systems and costing, check out our downloadable PDF. For a clear demonstration, view this video.

There should be no doubt about the benefits of installing a rainwater harvesting system in your home. Not only are you adding an effective backup option to your property in case of water outages and shortages, but you are also doing your bit for the planet by being water-wise in saving every drop. If you are interested in learning more or want a quote for installation, you can contact the rainwater harvesting experts at Windy Willows today.

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