Using Rainwater Harvesting Techniques is Pure Common Sense

Very much as we today abhor circus animal acts and whales kept in captivity, future generations will no doubt look upon our current wasteful ways and find it incredulous that we neglected so many naturally good and sensible practices for so long, even though we knew the planet needed a hand from all of us. Rainwater harvesting techniques immediately come to mind, as although rainwater harvesting techniques have been refined extensively over the last few years, most people still allow this precious resource to trickle down the drive.

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Utilising the sun, wind, and rain not only makes for almost-free energy or resources, but it also reconnects humanity to the touchstones on our journey – the natural forces that shape our habitats and behaviours. It is also certainly true, especially in Johannesburg, that while the conservation ethos behind rainwater harvesting techniques remains a motivational force, the pure savings from a reduced water bill are a big push behind it too. South Africa’s wet and dry cycles some years lead to water restrictions or, in Gauteng, more usually slight restrictions, but with an unwelcome increase in the cost of piped water.


Who Does not Like Something for Mahala?

As more and more people become aware of the possibilities presented by rainwater harvesting techniques, a greater emphasis is being placed on ensuring that annual rainfall is used to replenish garden storage tanks, usually employed for watering the garden or ablution pipelines in the house. Anytime we can use water wiser, saving more of it or returning grey water to good use, we are contributing to a collective score for the earth.

Rainwater harvesting allows for a lot of good feelings too. Using water that fell from the sky to irrigate your garden feels right and it feels more socially acceptable and equanimous too. There have been some near-misses in Gauteng, although we generally watch from afar as Cape Town squirms under water shortages. It is a disturbing sight, however, no matter where we see it happening in SA, and it should give us caution as to how we squander our own fairly copious summer rainfall.


Harvesting Rainwater is Simple and Smart

Make no mistake, it does not matter that there are but a few key components to an effective rainwater harvesting technique, let the pros pop it in. Professional installers have done it a thousand times, know all of the potential hiccups, and more importantly, know exactly how to harvest the most rainwater, keep it clean, and distribute it as you desire.

Badly installed rainwater harvesting systems that give sub-optimum results are completely unnecessary. Let professional installers get it right first time around. For the cost of the setup, you will have free water on tap, something that will typically pay for itself in a year or two at the most, with the current water pricing in Gauteng. Thereafter, it is going to be a long stretch of pure profit before anything needs extensive maintenance or repair. Indeed, rainwater harvesting techniques have been developed around the no-brainer savings common to everyone who takes the trouble to capture rainwater – make a small effort, reap big rewards.


The Windy Willows Rainwater Service

After years in the game of beautifying and equipping outdoor spaces, Windy Willows offers a one-stop rainwater harvesting installation at the most affordable price. Choose from amongst our options to best suit your purposes – a basic setup (elementary capture and store), an intermediate option (bigger tank and municipal water backup), and an advanced system (a booster pump delivers high-pressure water to anywhere you need it to go).

Call us for expert advice and cost-effective solutions.