Rainwater harvesting is the collection, filtering and storing of rainwater from the roofs of domestic and commercial buildings to be used in non-hygienic applications such as flushing toilets, washing clothes, washing vehicles and garden irrigation. With ever increasing water prices rainwater recycling is one of easiest ways to save money by reducing the running costs of homes and businesses.
Rainwater Harvesting is one of the simplest ways to make homes and businesses more environmentally friendly. Building regulations, the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM aim to reduce water consumption in new buildings encouraging water conservation methods. Studies have shown that Rainwater Harvesting can reduce water wastage in commercial applications by as much as 85% and 50% in domestic use.
Rainwater Harvesting scores high-creditation for Water Efficiency under the BREEAM environmental assessment method for buildings and is very beneficial when applying for building planning permission.
Rainwater Harvesting and Grey Water Recycling provide many environmental and economic benefits. Some of these are: