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Every time we collect rainwater in water butts and containers to reuse in the garden, we’re rainwater harvesting.
If you collect and store it correctly, with minimal treatment rainwater can be used not only for garden watering, but toilet flushing and in washing machines. It could save up to 50% of household water use. But realistically, the roof areas of most houses are too small to meet all of this demand.
Industrial premises with larger roof areas offer greater opportunities and can be used for things like vehicle washing.
If you want to save water and save money there are easier and more economic ways, which with a little thought, will give you good results. Fitting water efficient devices and learning how to save drops is a good way to start.
More sophisticated rainwater systems are available particularly for larger properties but at the moment their use isn’t really that common due to:
It’s important to work out how much you could save before you invest in any expensive equipment. The British Standard BS8515:2009 Rainwater Harvesting Systems Code of Practice will tell you that rainwater can be useful for toilet flushing, garden use and washing machines and sets out the standards it should meet. It shouldn’t be used for bathing, dish washing or anything that needs safe and wholesome water quality and you should think carefully before your decide to use rainwater bathing, dishwashing or for use in industrial processes as these may cause greater health issues.
Because rainwater harvesting systems are still quite new to the UK and plumbers are not always familiar with them we have produced some guidance and advice to help.
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