With environmental issues like drought, water harvesting is very important. Water harvesting is when water is collected from different surfaces or sources so that it can be used at a later time. In this article, you’ll learn 4 key aspects of water harvesting. You’ll also learn how tanks can help you with harvesting water.
What is Water Harvesting and where is water harvested from?
Water harvesting is water collected from sources like rainfall. Water harvesting can occur by collecting:
- Water running off from a roof
- Water found in gutters
- Water collected from buildings or structures
These are just some of the ways that water can be harvested. There are other ways that we haven’t mentioned here.
Why water harvesting is so popular
With the rise in popularity of environmentally-friendly forms of energy and appliances, many businesses and organizations have turned to water harvesting. Harvesting water allows these organizations to become environmentally-conscious. For example, in many developed countries such as the Netherlands and Germany, water harvesting is seen as a way of helping collect water. It also supports sustainable practices.
Sustainable practices like water harvesting help us diversify our sources of water. They also help us think outside the box so that we can have different solutions to complex problems.
4 Key Benefits of Water Harvesting
While the environmental benefits of water harvesting are apparent, here are some other key benefits of water harvesting. These benefits that we’re about to mention are some of the most important reasons, but there are tons of other benefits to harvesting water. That being said, here are 4 benefits of water harvesting:
1. Water harvesting helps the environment in many ways
There are many ways that harvesting helps the environment such as helping stop flooding, erosion and protecting other water sources from being polluted by soil. When there’s a heavy waterfall or when water gathers, it’s easy to cause flooding. Additionally, it stops erosion that can happen in places with a lot of soil, like gardens.
2. Water harvesting helps you save on your water bill
According to the Utah Division of Water Resources, the state of Utah is currently experiencing a drought. That means that there are more water restrictions that have been enforced. For example, there are timeframes in which sprinklers can be used during the daytime so that you can water your lawn. However, by harvesting water, you decrease your water bill so that you’re relying less on traditional water sources. You also help with the drought.
“Wait,” you might be thinking, “If we’re having a drought, then what’s the point of having harvesting rainfall? Isn’t it useless and unrealistic?”
The answer to that is that there are dry and wet seasons in the Rocky Mountain states such as Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. So, even if the current weather conditions don’t seem to support significant rainfall, you can still be prepared for when the weather is right for water harvesting. All it can sometimes to make a difference is a single rainy day.
Additionally, keep in mind that according to the United States’ Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, even if there’s no rainfall, a good tank can help you “capture significant amounts of precipitation.” That means that water can be stored more efficiently.
3. Water harvesting is a great alternative to relying solely on groundwater
Groundwater is often seen as a key source of water. Sometimes, our reliance on groundwater means that water needs to be imported. But with water harvesting, our reliance on groundwater is reduced. Rather than importing water from other states or countries, we can use the environmentally-friendly resources that we already have. Our sources of water are also diversified, thereby decreasing our dependence on only a specific source of water.
4. Water collected from water harvesting can be less toxic than water from other sources
Depending on the location of where the water is being harvested, water collected from water harvesting tends to be less toxic than water from other sources. This holds to be true in rural areas and places where there’s less industrial activity. That’s because water harvested from rainfall tends to be more clean and less toxic.
Rocky Mountain Tanks Can Help You Harvest Water
At Rocky Mountain Tanks, we have water guzzlers. These guzzlers are tanks that can help you collect rainfall. They also protect the water collected from the rainfall from evaporating due to the wind or from exposure to heat.
The water guzzlers that we make are FDA and NSF compliant. They’re also made of polyethylene which is resistant to impact. Our water harvesting tanks are:
- Tried and tested
- Used by farmers, hunters, conservations and other individuals and organizations.
Reach out to us at (435) 246-4904 or contact us regarding any questions that you may have. We can discuss the different tanks that we have available. We would also love to help you with your goals in harvesting water.