The collection of rain for purposes of irrigation is an ancient practice, encountered across many cultures. The earliest rain water collection systems can be traced back to 3000 BC in modern-day India. Ancient Romans also collected rainwater and created reservoirs and underground tanks to store it in. In more recent history, however, rainwater collection has become less prevalent due to the development of modern municipal plumbing systems. But just because this practice isn’t as popular as it once was doesn’t mean you should discount the idea of rainwater collection.
Collecting excess rainwater is an effective, easy way to maintain a sustainable landscape, whether it be in your garden or front lawn. Here’s how:
It will reduce the demand on your water supply
The roof of a 1,000-square-foot home sheds an average of 600 gallons of water per inch of hourly rainfall. A rain collection system can catch and store up to 80 percent of this water to be used later on for irrigation. While there are a number of different rainwater collection systems, the basic idea behind all of them is the same—a storage vessel or diverter is placed below the downspouts of your gutter system to catch water before it reaches the ground. As such, implementing a rainwater collection system will reduce the demand on your existing water supply.
Rainwater is free of many chemicals
Rainwater is free of chlorination and other chemical treatments. While these treatments are necessary for our consumption (they kill off bacteria that are harmful to our health), some plants can be sensitive to them. Rainwater will also be free of many of the pollutants that is found in tap water. As such, rainwater is ideal for watering your lawn and garden.
A rainwater collection system reduces erosion and runoff
Finally, a rainwater collection system minimizes the impact of erosion and surface water runoff on your landscape. When the water is redirected into the collection system, it is less likely to erode or damage your plants and lawn.
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