Are you benefiting from rainharvesting?
Something that we tend to take for granted (especially the closer we get to the coast and cities) is the ready availability of water.
Water is the biggest case point for not missing something until it's gone, and its crucial to ensure you always have a ready alternative supply.
So are you benefitting from rainwater harvesting?
Reducing water bills
While the saving is not enormous - a little bit goes a long way.
Using rainwater for necessities will save you money on water usage, whether for the laundry, bathroom or just watering the lawn. Depending on climate and size of your tank, this can be an endless supply that you don't even need to think about - or a lifesaving alternative during drought and bushfire season.
Provide an alternative water supply during water restrictions
During any drought season, it is very likely that you will need to enter into different levels of water restrictions, depending on the severity of the drought.
If you're an avid gardener or keeper of the lawn - this can prove detrimental to months of work.
Having a backup supply to see you through tricky times will ensure that you don't need to sacrifice your work due to the restrictions. Water restrictions are absolutely enforceable and crucial to ensure the greater community doesn't run out of water. Having an alternative supply not only helps to this end but also ensures you can keep going about your gardening and lawn keeping.
Reduce or altogether remove your dependence on treated mains water
While all new builds require a rainwater tank to assist with times of drought - rainwater is still not typically considered suitable for human consumption.
(quick side note: if you've grown up drinking from a water tank, you have less to worry about - you've grown a healthy resistance to the naturally occurring bacteria. However, this excludes the circumstance of drinking from rainwater tanks in densely populated areas, as you'll also need to take into account the air pollution when evaluating your rainwater quality)
This can all be bypassed by utilising a quality water filtration system like the ones we have listed here: https://ccwt.com.au/collections/filtration
Depending on your requirements: filtration systems absolutely assure the quality of your rainwater and make it safe for consumption or expand the different uses for water tanks that typically are not available for a system that does not have sufficient filtration.
Reduce local flooding
Reduction of flooding in local stormwater systems help prevent overall flooding in your area or down the way. Water tanks are great stores for rainwater and help reduce the demand placed on these stormwater systems.
This does require some planning, however.
It is a great idea (when you know rain is coming) to use as much water as possible around the house, lawns, the gardens, or even treat yourself to some long showers. Jmake sure all of these uses are actually connected to your rainwater tank and not directly to mains.
This will increase the available storage space in your rainwater tank so when there is a long period of rain; your tank will reduce the immediate pressure on stormwater systems.
It may not seem like a lot - but if people in suburban areas contribute in this small way - this will have significant implications overall.
And there you have it - these are some of the benefits of rain harvesting.
Rain harvesting is a great way to increase peace of mind and ensure you are ready for any situation this great Australian climate can throw at us.