Monterey Rainwater

 

Your Home, Your Water

The process of taking some control over your water situation is easy. A simple phone call, and I come out, look at your property, and tell you very clearly what your options might be. Your grey water is a great place to start, because the savings are so great, and you can start saving right away. I'll look at how your showers are situated and assess what it will take to stop this water from being wasted, and to get it going out to the landscape, where it belongs. The same is done with the washing machine. The washer system is often set up separately because the washer has a small pump and will actually deliver the water a little more efficiently Grey water is great because you create more of it everyday. By counting the people in the household, it's easy to judge how much water is being wasted, and how much water could be used for irrigation.

rainwater harvesting

Rainwater Collection

Harvesting your rainwater involves looking at the roof, and assessing how your rain water is being disposed of. Then we can find the most logical and cost-effective way to collect it. a lot of water hits your home. Even a smaller home of 1000 sq. ft. could collect 4,000 gallons of water in a year with only 10 inches of rain. Then we need a place to put the storage tank. Water has significant volume so in order for the rainwater system to be effective we need a lot of storage. We try to find a flat spot, out of the way so it doesn't interfere with you enjoying your garden, as it provides the water you need to enjoy your garden. The storage doesn't need to be near the house and can often be placed behind some trees, or on the utility side of the house. A pump is often used to distribute to water throughout the property, and this water can now be used to flush your toilets, and wash your clothes. After this inspection you'll receive very clear information on what you can expect from both of these systems. This gives you the information you need to start taking control of your water situation. Home assessments are easy and free (I'm often working right in the neighborhood anyway.) and can take less than a half an hour.

Rainwater Harvesting Benefits

Rain harvesting technology is simple to install, operate, and maintain. It is convenient in the sense that it provides water at the point of consumption and operating costs are negligible. Water collected from the roof catchment is available for use in non-potable applications such as toilets and urinal flushing, laundries, mechanical systems, custodial uses, and for site irrigation. Since rainwater is collected using existing structures, i.e., the roof, rainwater harvesting has few negative environmental impacts compared to other water supply project technologies.

Did you know?
A rainwater system along with other sustainable systems can increase the value of a building.

Benefits of Using Rainwater

  • It saves money on utility bills. Our goal is to keep you from going into the higher tiers of water use, that are very expensive. See Link Below.
  • It lessens demand on the municipal water supply.

  • It makes efficient use of a valuable resource.
  • It diminishes flooding, erosion, and the flow to storm water drains.
  • It reduces the contamination of surface water with sediments, fertilizers and pesticides from rainwater run-off resulting in cleaner lakes, rivers, oceans and other receivers of storm water.
  • It can be used to recharge groundwater.
  • It is good for irrigation and plants thrive because stored rainwater is free from pollutants as well as salts, minerals, and other natural and man made contaminants.
  • It is good for laundry use as rainwater is soft and lowers the need for detergents.
  • Potential EXEMPTION from watering restrictions.  Many localities allow (and some require) irrigation with rainwater harvesting to be exempt from watering restrictions.
  • You receive credits under the Water Use Reduction category of the LEED Green Building Rating System™.


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