Why Rainwater Harvesting Benefits the Environment and You (Guest Blog)

February 16, 2017

Why the Need to Harvest Rainwater?

Many people have never considered collecting rainwater for future use. Here in California, we have all experienced the negative effects of this 5-year long drought, and we’ve seen the demand and cost of water rise significantly. Many people have wondered how we are going to meet these demands. After all, according to the U.S. Geological Surveythe average American usage 80-100 gallons of water a day! That includes you. So, how can you do your part? What precautions can you take to have as much of this limited resource at your disposal?Why Rainwater Harvesting Benefits the Environment and You

You can prepare to save hundreds of gallons of water through Rainwater Harvesting. Currently, we are seeing a lot of rain here in California. So it’s never been a better time to install a Rainwater Harvesting system.

What are the Benefits?

These systems are designed to:

  • Utilize the rainwater that you already accumulate, putting your roof and gutter system to work.
  • Collect fresh rainwater and store it in times of drought.
  • Be used for many purposes, including vegetable gardens.
  • Help counteract storm water runoff, possibly preventing erosions and flooding.
  • Reduce the demand on local water supply, allowing residents to become more self-sufficient.
  • Be sealed from animals, light and other materials that could pollute it, so the water stays clean.
  • Come in slim varieties and can fit right under the eaves of your roof.
  • Available in many colors and sizes to be aesthetically pleasing to your home and garden.
  • Made with high quality plastic without harmful toxins that leech into water.

Where to Start.

A great start is to get an onsite rainwater catchment assessment by a qualified professional. This assessment is an evaluation that helps you to develop a water harvesting plan, custom tailored to your property. The professional will inspect your roof, calculate your water harvesting potential, and design a plan that meets your current and potential watering needs. It is recommended that you choose an accredited professional with the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA). These professionals have been instructed in the proper design, installation and maintenance of a rainwater harvesting system. They are also required to receive continual education in the rainwater harvesting field.

Make a Plan Today!

As California residents, we are in a unique position. Currently, the vital commodity that we’ve been deprived of for 5 years has been pouring down from the sky. The question is: what will you do with it? The answer is clear, harvest your own rainwater!

Interesting Facts about Rainwater Harvesting: 

  • For every 1” of rain on 1,000 square feet of roof area, you can collect around 600 Gallons of water.
  • Rainwater is the purest water available, as it has not come into contact with soil, so it contains no dissolved minerals, salt, or toxins.
  • Rainwater is also the softest water, leaving no scaling or hardness behind as with tap water.
  • Each storm has the potential to deposit hundreds of gallons of water into your rainwater harvesting tank.


Article provided by Renee Tate, Office Administrator, ACS Roofing, Inc.

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