How To Collect Rainwater For Your Garden

How to collect rainwater for your garden, rainwater can be collected from roofs and greenhouses, filtered then stored in water tanks.

There are many benefits to collecting rainwater as rainwater is free – saving money on mains water, and with changes in our climate expected to make our summers hotter and longer, it could be that we face more summer and water shortages. Therefore It makes sense that gardener investing in rainwater collection tanks for gardening, plants watering and polytunnel irrigation systems.

Why Should You Collect Rainwater?

There are many reasons to conserve rainwater to:

1) Conserving water & energy

Watering the garden or polytunnel irrigation from collecting rainwater makes perfect sense as, during the dry months of summer, if you have calculated your water usage correctly, you have enough roof area and storage tanks, you will have plenty of water to keep your fruits and plants watered. By collecting rainwater you are saving water that has been processed at a waterworks in turn saving energy.

2) Reducing your water bill

For those on a water metre – whether a domestic or commercial property – watering the garden, irrigating lawns and washing the car with harvested rainwater means you pay less for mains water.

3) Softer Water For Plants

Rainwater is softer than mains water and contains nitrates which are a nutrient for plants.  Nitrogen is the nutrient that gives the plants need for leaves and to keep the plant looking green which is more effective than expensive fertilisers.

Where Can I Collect Rainwater From?

One of the first things to consider when setting up a rainwater harvesting system, although there may be lots of roofs to collect water from, are the downpipes in a place where I can site a water tank that is big enough for my needs? 1000 litres is approximately a square metre and also weighs 1000 kg so a suitable concrete base will be required. Most people will set up a rainwater harvesting system on the side of their house, a greenhouse to collect water. Other roofs including garages, sheds and outbuildings can all harvest rainwater too. View how much rainwater your location gets each year here

How To Conserve the Water You Collect

There are many water tanks available to collect water small 150-litre water tank to 30,0000 litres plastic water tank.  Storing enough rainwater during the winter months will pay off in the summer.  is not just about using renewable resources.  Starting to collect rainwater is the first and most important step, but also make sure filter the water before it goes into the tank.

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Remember To Filter The Water

Enduramaxx rainwater harvesting filter kits filter prevents moss and leaves from going into your rainwater harvesting tank, whilst softening the water as it passes through the filter.  Available as a basket filter or self-cleaning design, these filters suit every roof size whether it is a domestic house, an agricultural barn or a commercial factory.

View what rainwater filter works best for you here

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