Water reclamation is the process of harvesting rainwater and removing the contaminants to allow it to re-enter the water system for your home. Water recycling is an important step to reducing your carbon footprint, but it also has many benefits to you, your family, and your community.
While water is a renewable resource, clean potable water is not as renewable as of late. You may be considering a well, but you may also want to think about installing a Water Reclamation System (aka a whole-house potable rainwater system).
For example, on a 2,000 square foot roof, you can collect 2,000 x 0.623 = 1,246 gallons/inch of rain. The average annual rainfall in Central Texas is about 32 inches. This means a 2,000 square foot roof can reclaim nearly 40,000 gallons of water a year! If you could catch 40,000 gallons of free water, would you? Free water isn’t the only benefit to water reclamation.
Harvesting rainwater for your property reduces your monthly water bill and the return on investment is evident over time. Installing a water reclamation system can save you up to $2,000 annually depending on your collection area! The rainwater that falls on your property is free to you, so you might as well use it! This is just the cost it saves on your water bill.
There are many disadvantages to hard water: you’ll have limescale build-up, iron stains on your appliances, soap build-up on your dishes, soap in the shower not doing its job because of a reaction to the minerals in the water. Hard water wears your appliances out quicker, this might be the most expensive hard water problem of all. Those scale deposits wreak havoc on many appliances in your home, from the dishwasher to the hot water heater.
Rainwater has zero hardness. You’ll use less soap on your clothes, dishes, and in your showers. Calcium won’t build up on your glassware, faucets, tiles, or in your hair. You won’t overutilize your hard-water softener, which can save you between $100-$2,000 a year.
Your rainwater reclamation system uses UV light, which destroys 99.99% of harmful microorganisms! You only need to change this UV bulb once a year, which makes it extremely cost-effective. Read more about why UV light is so effective here.
Not only are you recycling water at this point, which is a vital resource, but you’re also reducing stormwater runoff from your property. Stormwater runoff is the number one cause of stream impairment in urban areas as it picks up and carries with it sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, bacteria, oil and grease, trash, pesticides, and metals.
While there are far more than four benefits to a rainwater reclamation system, we hold these truths to be self-evident … it’s worth it! Rainwater harvesting is an untapped resource that could be developed quickly within communities and that will also have a tremendous impact. Cleaning up your water and also helping to keep stormwater out of the water supply drastically decreases your carbon footprint, all while increasing the size of your wallet! It benefits you, your family, your wallet, and your community.