In the US, the state that gets the most rainfall is Hawaii, with 63.7 inches per year! On average, the nation gets around 30 inches of rain and snow, so there’s a good chance you get decent rainfall where you live.
You might’ve sat looking at the drops of water falling, thinking there must be a way to collect and use them. The good news is, rainwater harvesting is feasible!
Read on for 4 benefits and reasons why you should collect rainwater.
1. You’ll Get Free Water
The most obvious benefit of collecting rainwater is you can get free water! This is a huge advantage if you live somewhere that needs imported water, as this can get expensive.
It’s true that you’ll need to invest in some equipment for collecting and storing rainwater, but that’ll all pay off once you get things going. For example, with a water tank level indicator, you’ll know exactly how much water you’ll have for the foreseeable future.
2. You’ll Reduce Flooding and Erosion
Downspouts should help direct rain away from your home’s foundation, but with heavy enough rainfall, rain can cause erosion around downspouts and in your yard too. Stormwater runoff can also be an issue.
But if you collect rainwater, this removes water from your property and safely stores it elsewhere. You won’t have to worry as much about flooding and erosion near your home.
3. There Are Many Uses for Rainwater
Once you’ve collected and stored rainwater, you might be wondering what you can use it for. Considering it’s dirty, you don’t want to drink it.
However, rainwater is usually softer than tap water, so you can use it for bathing and flushing toilets, as well as washing dishes, clothes, and cars. So long as you store it properly, the water won’t go bad, and you can use it as needed for the above purposes.
4. Your Plants Will Be Healthier
There are many added chemicals in tap water, as well as pollutants and contaminants. This can cause salt buildup in your plants when you water them, which means you need to take an additional step to flush out these things.
But when you use rainwater to water your plants, you don’t have to do anything extra. There are little (to no) pollutants and contaminants, and there’s no salt or chlorine in it either.
Not only will your plants be healthier, but it’ll also save you money in the long run when you don’t have to do as much property maintenance and landscaping.
Get Started With Rainwater Harvesting
Rainwater harvesting is a fantastic way to not only help the environment, but you also get some free water as well. So take a look at the available equipment in your area and start enjoying the benefits of rainwater harvesting today!
Now that you know how to collect rainwater and use it, you might want to try out other eco-friendly habits. Read our blog page for more information!