One of the easiest ways to use stored rainwater is for landscaping. In many communities, 30 to 50 percent of the total water is used for landscape irrigation. If that demand for a limited natural resource can be reduced, everyone benefits. Rainwater harvesting is an innovative approach to capture free water.
Rainwater is good for plants because it is free of salts and other minerals that harm root growth. As rainwater percolates into the soil, it forces salts down and away from root zones, allowing roots to grow better and making plants more drought tolerant.
What is rainwater harvesting?
Rainwater harvesting captures, diverts and stores rainwater for later use. Rainwater can supply water for household, landscape, wildlife and agricultural uses. It can even be used for drinking, with proper treatment. But the easiest way to use stored rainwater is for landscaping. Harvesting rainwater for use in the home landscape:
Why harvest rainwater?
Did you know?
A house with a 1,000 square foot roof could "harvest" 600 gallons of rainwater from a one-inch rainfall.