What is Rainwater Harvesting?

Catchment systems include:

 

•Rain gardens

•Bioswales

•Cisterns

•Water tanks

•Roof catchments

•Hardscape surfaces

•Underground vaults

•Green / living architecture like walls & roofs

•Stormwater catchments

•Water features

•Riparian areas

•Decentralized urban rainwater and snowmelt infrastructure

•Soil & vegetation

 

What is possible?

 

 

Non-potable rain and storm water can be used for irrigation, cooling towers, fire suppression, agriculture, ice rinks, residential cooling & heating, gardens, toilets and laundry. It is also suitable for outdoor washing purposes such as cleaning windows, cars, trucks, roads, buildings and fences.

 

Potable purposes include swimming pools,

showers, baths, kitchens and drinking water

 

Atmospheric moisture harvesting is suitable for LEED certification, water conservation, stormwater reduction, floodwater reduction, and is applicable under the Green Building Council applications.

 

Many think rainwater harvesting takes water from the hydrological cycle. Unless water is converted to a ‘virtual state’ (in an economically utilized product like oil, food or commodities) it can still be part of the hydrological cycle.

 

Rainwater harvesting practices slow the water process, so more water is able to replenish groundwater supplies; less stormwater is allowed to steal valuable groundcover or carry pollutants to our surface water sources.

 

 

We use a whole water system approach. Buildings, gardens, fields and processes can be optimized, to replace lost groundwater supplies, polluted water sources and mitigate extended drought.

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