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As a society, we have become far too dependent on artificial sources of water. We have pipes running to and from the city, into our homes, and we never think to utilize other natural sources all around us. Have you ever taken a shower while it’s raining, or seen someone’s automated sprinklers watering their lawn during a thunderstorm? It happens more often than not, and while we waste all of this water, the city suppliers are tacking on the bills each month. Rainwater is naturally free of contaminants and toxins when it condenses and falls from the clouds, making it an ideal source for various uses.
Save time, money, and do your part to conserve with rain harvesting equipment from FreeWater Systems. Before we discuss the many benefits of our complete rainwater collection systems, let’s find out how harvesting this precious natural resource can better your life and the life of your family.
A Brief History of Rain Harvesting
The concept of harnessing rainwater began in the third century BC with farming communities in Baluchistan (which is now Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran). The original purpose for capturing the rainwater was irrigation. In ancient Tamil Nadu (India) rainwater was captured in what was known as the Sivaganga tank. Later a larger tank was built in the Cuddalore district to house rainwater for drinking and irrigation purposes.
Today there are still many countries around the world who utilize rainwater collection barrels. Here are a few present day examples:
- China and Brazil use rooftop rainwater harvesting to provide drinking water, domestic water, water for livestock, irrigation, and so on. The Gansu province in China and north east Brazil currently house the largest rooftop rainwater harvesting projects.
- In Bermuda and the U.S Virgin Islands, it is required by law for any construction projects to also include a rainwater collection system.
- In the United Kingdom, the British government’s Code For Sustainable Homes encourages homeowners to have an underground tank to collect rainwater for use in flushing toilets, washing clothes, watering gardens and more. This practice has been shown to reduce the amount of water homes use by 50%.
Thanks for the growing influence of our water cistern tanks and rainwater collection barrels, Free Water Systems is poised to bring these benefits to North America, and into your homes.
The Benefits and Uses of a Rainwater Collection Kit
Homeowners in North America have taken small steps to collect rainwater in many cases. Some use inflatable pools, buckets, or gutters that collect runoff from the roof. While these simple forms of rainwater harvesting work, they don’t properly store the water and therefore encourage mosquito breeding and contamination if they sit too long. In addition, modern roofing materials will taint the water as it runs off and into the collection tank.
The rainwater capture tanks from FreeWater Systems are enclosed and designed to prevent any contaminants from reaching the rainwater. Our collection system captures and filters the rain before it enters the tank. This design ensures that the water comes straight from the source, and is not contaminated in any way. There are several benefits to using rainwater including:
- Promotes water conservation
- Saves money on utility bills
- Prevents flooding and over saturation.
- Constantly accessible water in any situation
Once you’ve collected the rainwater, a variety of uses become available to you. The captured water is safe to use for a variety of household chores and cleaning that would otherwise be pulled from a well or local aquifer. With a complete rainwater capture system in place, you can use the stored water for a number purposes:
- Watering plants or gardens
- Mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms, washing dishes, and other household chores.
- Washing vehicles outside
- Filling pools or water activities
- Power washing and cleaning outdoor areas
While these benefits and uses may seem nice, you’re probably wondering how much you’re going to spend on the individual pieces, the installation, and a potential contractor to install it for you. You don’t need to worry about any of those things.
Complete Turn-Key Solutions from FreeWater Systems
There’s really no need to worry about cost and installation when you purchase your rain harvesting equipment from FreeWater Systems. Our kits are entirely comprehensive and ready to be installed upon arrival. Most customers are able to complete the installation themselves without the need for a contractor, and no additional parts, pieces, or accessories are required to set your system into motion. Everything you need is provided in your initial purchase.
Established in 2010,FreeWater Systems is growing exponentially as we continue to provide North America with the finest and most dependable rainwater capturing systems available. Head to the website today to browse our designs and submit your information for a no-obligation free quote. Start saving money and doing your part to conserve the environment today.