Rainwater Harvesting is the process of collecting and storing rainwater for future use. Instead of relying on the local water supply or digging a well, it is a method of capturing and using rainwater. The collected water can be used for watering plants and irrigating your lawn, conserving water and reducing your monthly water bill.
If you don’t know where to begin with Rainwater Harvesting, Austex Sprinklers is here to help you identify the simplest ways to do so. Read on to learn more about different methods you can use for collecting rainwater.
Best Rainwater Harvesting: Rain Barrel
Although there are many ways to perform Rainwater Harvesting, installing a rain barrel is the most practical. This simple way will help you collect rainwater immediately and effectively.
A rain barrel captures water from a roof and stores it for lawn irrigation. This collection minimizes the amount of water that drains from your property, reducing erosion.
When it comes to this method, there are several containers that you can use as a rain barrel. At Austex Sprinklers, we can help you identify and install the ideal rainwater collection system for your home. We’ll also help you decide which is better for you: above or below ground and what storage capacity will work best.
Other Methods to Capture Rainwater
While installing a rain barrel is practical and effective, you can complement this Rainwater Harvesting process with other methods, such as:
1. Creating a rain garden
A rain garden is a recessed section of the landscape where you can collect rainwater from a roof, driveway, or street to let the water seep into the ground. The water can also be used to irrigate grasses and flowering perennials, in case you haven’t gotten around sprinkler installation yet.
A rain garden can be an attractive and cost-effective solution to lessen runoff from your property. In addition to filtering pollutants from runoff, rain gardens can feed and shelter butterflies, songbirds, and other species.
A rain garden is easy to build. If you already have a pond, all you need to do is create a 3- to 4-inch crater next to it and then bury the pond liner so that as the water level rises, it will naturally overflow into the rain garden. Make sure to slightly loosen the soil at the water garden’s base so the water can be absorbed easily.
Even without a pond, you can still have a rain garden. Simply dig an area a few feet away from your downspout. To promote absorption, loosen the soil and add organic matter and sand. The drainpipe from the downspout to the rain garden is then laid in a shallow trench. Create a natural way of collecting and reusing rainwater by planting a few water-loving plants in the garden.
2. Planting trees on your property
Trees provide a ton of benefits to your property and neighborhood. They effectively regulate runoff, which is becoming more widely acknowledged. Their leaf coverings aid in minimizing rain-induced erosion. They offer space on which rain can land and dissipate. Their roots absorb rainwater, contributing to the soil’s infiltration-friendly conditions.
3. Installing a green roof
A green roof is a layer of plant material on the top of your house that acts as a sponge for rainwater. When it rains, a green roof catches the water and releases it gradually through evaporation and plant use. It significantly reduces the amount of rainwater that would run off an impervious roof surface. Compared to conventional roofs, a green roof can also help decrease the energy consumption of a structure and noise levels while boosting the durability and lifespan of the roof.
Urban locations are increasingly turning to green roofs where space restrictions prevent the adoption of alternative stormwater management techniques. However, it is important to ensure that your house’s structure can support the weight of green roof materials under fully-saturated conditions.
Trust Austex Sprinklers for the Professional Installation of a Rainwater Harvesting System
There are many benefits of Rainwater Harvesting. Call Austex Sprinklers today at (512) 721-8564, for a no-cost, on-site consultation.