Ohio Rainwater Harvesting Systems
Why Harvest Rainwater?
Did you know that generally, 60-70% of the potable drinking water that comes to our homes is used to irrigate our landscape?
Low flow toilets, shower heads & faucets are very important tools used to conserve water, but you can conserve more by irrigating with rainwater in conjunction with weather based irrigation controllers and installing drip, micro and sub-surface emitters.
1,000 sq. ft. of roof area, in a 1” rain event can potentially collect nearly 600 gallons of rainwater for future use. An average roof area of 2,000 sq. ft with 10 inches of rain annually can capture 12,000 gallons.
Many people find their vegetables and flowers actually grow better with rainwater because of the nutrients and lack of Chloramines (Chlorine bleach found in most municipal water used to treat bacteria in drinking water). Additionally, many states are provided “hard” water, or water that contains minerals and deposits.
In many areas, existing public water supplies are reaching their maximum distribution capabilities. Many water utility providers have responded by attempting to limit the number of times water can be accessed, employing tier pricing to encourage decreased usage and limiting the availability of new service.
The use of “hard” water can have negative long-term effects on appliances and plumbing. Rainwater harvesting systems not only provide “soft” high quality water, but they reduce the homeowner’s reliance on public water systems.
Single family residences, practicing even the most basic methods of rain harvesting, can reduce the volume of water purchased from centralized water systems. This reduction translates into real dollar savings for the family, reduces stress on natural water sources, and reduces the strain on the capabilites of public water and storm water drain systems.