Becoming a conscientious consumer involves thinking about all aspects of your life. Reducing the amount of energy we use, reusing items as often as possible, and recycling everything we can is the norm but there are other ways that we can reduce our impact on the environment.
A water catchment system can be as uncomplicated as placing a rain barrel under the downspouts on your home. Ensure the gutters are free and clear and all the water will be re-directed into the barrel during every rainstorm.
Ensure that the rain barrel has a lid to stop unwanted critters from getting in and to avoid collecting debris such as leaves and needles from nearby trees.
Uses for Rainwater
Collected water can be used for any number of uses where you might turn on the tap; landscape watering, fire protection, or car and boat washing.
It is also possible to use rainwater for use inside the home. With some small changes – such as pumping the water to a cistern on the roof of a house – the water can be directed for use in flushing toilets. Typically toilets are plumbed to use regular household water but this is a simple change that will allow the toilets to use the rainwater instead.
A simple filtering system will ensure that, whatever type of toilet is used, the water being is as clear and clean as the municipal water supply – for aesthetic reasons as well as to ensure that there is nothing in the water that will clog up the plumbing.