There’s no better time to talk about eco-rainwater harvesting. Here are our best reasons to take advantage of this great micro nutrient and nitrogen resource.
1. It just makes sense – The rain is free We have rooftops, driveways and sidewalks that make prime catchment areas. Direct that to your plants and get a free watering of your landscape. The water from the city has costs to purify it and to operate the sewer plant – But your rainwater is clean and is going into the ground.
2. It’s good for your plants Have you ever noticed how plants appear greener and brighter after a good rain? Filtered rainwater is a clean, salt-free and contains many beneficial ingredients for plants. Rain has micro-nutrients to include sulfur, potash, several other minerals and even microorganisms, all of which provide a boost to plant growth. During summer thundershowers there can even be an added bonus when lightening converts atmospheric nitrogen into a nitrogen solution for plants. Free fertilizer, too!
3. You can help replenish groundwater Typically, rain falls and seeps underground to become groundwater in aquifers and/or it feeds rivers or lakes. However, the concrete, asphalt and land grading of cities have disrupted this cycle. An ASU study showed that 60% of some areas are impervious to water. What an even more compelling reason to collect as much rainwater as we can in our landscapes whether at our homes properties, businesses or along our city streets.
4. It will improve your soil and the environment Rain is naturally distilled through evaporation prior to cloud formation making it one of the purest sources of water. This means that it’s one of the best ways to dilute salt buildup that naturally occurs in our soils. If you recently applied fertilizer, insect granules or sprayed weeds, it’s damaging to the environment to have those materials washed off your property and into our rivers. By harvesting rainwater, potential stream pollutants stay on your property.
5. Gravity is always there to help Water harvesting is the term used to describe how rainwater is collected and channeled. Start from your highest water catchment surfaces (i.e. rooftop) and allow gravity to carry the water through gutters or channels to where you want it to provide the greatest benefit. It can be a simple (passive) system where the rainwater is directed right to the plants to be used immediately.
Many large agricultural operations are harvesting rainwater for its micro-nutrients and nitrogen.
-You want the ability to filter out leaves, pine needles and small debris from your gutter and rainwater harvesting tanks.
-Rainwater harvesting “filter gutters” are widely used throughout North America as a pre-filtration system!
-With the correct gutters, there is no need for other pre-filtration devices!
Top 5 Reasons to Collect ECO-Rainwater for
Your GARDEN and Landscape