Water is our most important natural resource. Life on earth depends on it, and human beings have used machines and technology to harness this resource. However, even as we use different ways to harness it, rainwater harvesting is becoming an important method to save and use this limited resource.
Rainwater harvesting is the capture and store of rainwater for non-drinking use later. This could mean anything from farming, watering the plants and trees, even the cleaning of homes and structures.
For many people, rainwater harvesting can aid drought-stricken areas and other places that lack water supplies. Here are some of the reasons why rain collection can be the best thing for people in Australia.
1. It’s easy to do
You need a rainwater tank to collect it. In Perth, water tanks have become a common sight in many homes. A rain collecting system works by capturing rainwater from the roof through pipes and storing it in the big tank. Depending on the size, the average tank can hold upwards of 200 litres or more.
2. It’s an environmentally sustainable practice
Harvesting rainwater means we could save on water resources. You could use the water for your gardens, wash your car, irrigation, and even use it to clean your home. For many people in the developing world, clean water is a limited resource, and using rainwater for irrigation and other uses can help many communities.
3. Spend less on water bills
By using rainwater, you reduce using water piped into your home. Some Councils have introduced cash-back rebate plans for those who install a rainwater tank in their homes.
Rainwater has been cleaned by nature through condensation. But as climate change has made environmental responsibility as vital, rainwater harvesting is a good step towards eco-conservation and the constructive use of natural resource.