There have been many attempts over the past couple years to make a push into using less water. Sometimes it can be difficult, especially if you have a larger household. But no matter how often you run the dishwasher, how many loads of laundry go into the washing machine, or the number of showers taken, you can be more conscientious of your water usage.
By collecting and reusing rainwater, you don’t just lower the amount of water you use in your house, but you become much better at managing your overall water use. Especially as Michigan has gone through a very rainy spring and summer, you can find a great use for all of that rainwater.
With rainwater collection, homeowners divert water away from their home’s foundation and reduce the amount of water that flows off of the roof. Rainwater collection systems are fairly easy to install, and they are very cost effective. In fact, the system is composed of only two different components, the collection and the storage.
Typically, gutters help water flow away from your home, but your gutters will direct water through the downspout and into a collection barrel. You will not need to worry about an overflowing barrel, as you will can divert the water through the downspout and away from the building instead of into the barrel.
Residential rain barrels are usually large enough to hold 50 gallons of water and made of high density polyethylene. However, homeowners can find storage options that are smaller, but you need to be sure that the barrel being used was for food material or water only. Never collect rainwater in a barrel that was used for chemicals, pesticides, or petroleum products.
Rainwater harvested this way should be used for non-potable activities. This means try to keep your collected water for landscaping, irrigation, watering plants, or washing your car. It should not be used for drinking unless it has been filtered or disinfected first.
Reusing rainwater can be a great way to be both more environmentally friendly and more efficient with your home’s utilities. For more information on reusing rainwater or being more conservative with your home’s water usage, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. We pride ourselves on being honest and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.