Harvested Rainwater: Uses, Benefits and food for thought
Harvested Rainwater can be used for many activities where potable water quality is not essential.
In Ireland for a domestic water user, the design figure for the amount of water used by any one person is 150 litres per day.
- For the majority of households this is potable/mains water much of which is not used for drinking/cooking/bathing.
- In the not to distant future we will be paying for our domestic water usage.
Businesses pay for water. In most situations potable water is on a metered supply to the commercial user.
- In many instances potable water is not used for drinking/cooking/bathing
Farms are paying for water delivered by mains to their farms.
- Studies have shown that nearly 50% of farm requirements can on average be provided for by rainwater harvesting
Harvested rainwater can have many uses including:
- Flush toilets, wash clothes or water for the garden
- Sprinkler systems, floor washing
- Vehicle washing, floor/shed washing
- Crop watering, potable supply to animal.
Rainwater Harvesting cost benefit analysis will be site specific but certainly food for thought for large water users.