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Posted by R. Walters on April 18, 2018
Water Conservation and Rainwater Harvesting
When you turn on the faucet, water comes out. This is something that most of us take for granted. But did you know that in developing countries, only one in every nine people has access to clean drinking water?
Water.org says around the world, women, and girls spend up to six hours every day on water collection for their families. Adding to the complexity of the problem is this simple fact; parts of the world are running out of fresh water. The Harvard Gazette says in the next 20 years or so we will face a 40% water shortage, meaning, 40% of the people that need water simply won’t have it.
How that might affect us here in Ohio is simple – water is life. 93% of all water is used for agriculture; when we run out of water we might run out of food, too.
Parts of California have been in drought conditions for years, and the brittle landscape is a tinderbox. States like Arizona are talking openly about the looming water shortage.
In a world facing severe water shortages in our lifetime -- what’s the answer?
We think the answer lies in rainwater harvesting.
Rainwater Harvesting Here at Home
One scientific study defines rainwater harvesting as, “the art and science of collection and productive utilization of runoff from rooftops and ground surfaces as well as from intermittent watercourses.” While rainwater harvesting dates back to BC, it’s emerging again as a water conservation strategy that will help save us as the water starts to run out.
Rainwater harvesting is the process of setting up catchment systems near your home or business and then filter and funnel that water where we use it. The goal is to use rainwater harvesting as a way to supplement our existing wells and municipal water supplies. You can use this rainwater how you like, whether it’s filtering it for drinking or using it to water agriculture or livestock.
Rainwater harvesting is an extremely important step toward taking some of the pressure off of our existing water supplies. It’s important for stewardship of our properties and the state we live in and is an effective way to stretch existing groundwater.
Rain Brothers specializes in rainwater harvesting. We’ve installed underground and aboveground water catchment systems, irrigation lines and pumping systems that help property owners and businesses take advantage of a free natural resource.
Rainwater Harvesting for Life
Rain Brothers would like to help you understand more about how rainwater-harvesting systems can literally pay for themselves by cutting your utility bills. We’ve worked all over the region designing and installing plastic, fiberglass, stainless steel, and concrete cisterns for catching water, and then using the gutters on any residential or commercial roof to reroute the rain into the tank for human use.
Pure, fresh, natural rainwater holds the key to the water shortages that we know are coming in the near future. Let us help you harness the rain and set up a sustainable alternative to your existing water supply.