University Sprinklers’ resident Rainwater Harvesting guru, Whalen Bishop, recently completed an interesting residential rainwater harvesting system project in Anmore, BC (outside of Coquitlam). Five tanks are being used to supply a high efficiency irrigation system, plus all of the water taps on the outside of the house. A sixth tank will be used as a catchment and holding tank for a feature waterfall.
Rainwater Harvesting is an insurance policy against watering restrictions, both present and future, as both recycled and greywater are exempt from restrictions in Metro’s Water Shortage Response Plan.
What Can We Do With Rainwater?
Captured rainwater can be used for both potable (drinkable) and non-potable purposes, both inside and outside a home or business. Outdoor uses include watering landscaping and gardens, and to provide water for pets, wildlife and livestock. Indoor uses include toilet flushing and clothes washing. Rainwater is often a forgotten resource for these uses, and can significantly reduce the amount of treated drinking water needed to complete these tasks. Additionally, the process of designing and installing a rainwater collection system is often less expensive than drilling a well.
If you are interested in learning more about Rainwater Harvesting, please get in touch. We have a wealth of experience in this rapidly growing field, and are eager to share!