In British Columbia, water is one of our most abundant and sustainable resources, but we are still susceptible to droughts and dry spells. Using a rainwater collection system can ensure that you always have a supply of usable water for landscaping and personal use. At Fontana Ponds & Water Features, we are not strangers to the advantages of rainwater harvesting, especially if a water feature or landscape requires a back-up supply of water.
The Advantages of Rainwater Harvesting
Rainwater harvesting is the practice of collecting rainwater and storing it for future use. The procedure used for gathering and storing rainwater can be complex for industrial or large-scale purposes or it can be incredibly simple and inexpensive for small-scale purposes or personal use. Some of the main reasons to implement a rainwater harvesting system in your home include:
Financial Savings from Rainwater Harvesting
Rainwater harvesting systems can help a household to save money. Any water that comes out of a rainwater reservoir is water that does not need to come out of a municipal system. Whether the water is used for washing clothes, bathing, watering a lawn, or filling up a fountain, water from a rainwater harvesting system is essentially free and can keep home costs down.
Back-Up Water Supply
During dry seasons, many municipalities restrict water usage for households. This can lead to brown grass and dying gardens, as well as the hassle of having to constantly monitor water consumption. The benefits of having a back-up water supply in such seasons can include keeping grass green, ensuring that plants grow, and allowing fountains to continue to flow. If the drought gets bad enough, having a back-up water supply can even mean that you avoid an emergency situation.
Environmental Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting
Implementing a rainwater harvesting system can help your property to leave less of a carbon footprint. By using a water supply that is located on your property, no energy is expended to move water from a treatment plant to your home. Also, by capturing rainwater before it has a chance to become runoff, a rainwater harvesting system protects the ecosystem by reducing streambank erosion and contamination from pesticides, fertilizers, and sediment. If you are looking for a chemical-free source of water for irrigation, rainwater is one of the best systems to keep your lawn and plants hydrated.
To discover more advantages of rainwater harvesting, or to learn more about our water feature design and installation services, contact Fontana Ponds & Water Features at 778-990-9773 or fill out a contact form on our website.