Over 100,000 gallons of water harvested
by Dryland Design in the past 4 years
- According to the U.S. EPA, 50 to 70 % of total household water is used for landscape irrigation and other outdoor activities(US EPA, 2009)
- Replacing city and well water with captured rainwater for landscaping efficiently uses this valuable resource, reduces personal water bills, and decreases the overall demand on public water supplies.
- Rainfall inevitably creates storm water runoff in your watershed. Implementing a rainwater harvesting system is one way to decrease the amount of stormwater runoff.
- Local erosion and flooding from impervious cover associated with buildings is lessened as a portion of the local rainfall is diverted into holding tanks, leaving less stormwater to manage.
- Rainwater is one of the purest sources of water available. Its quality almost always exceeds that of ground or surface water because it does not come in contact with soil or rocks where it can dissolve minerals and salts.
- Rainwater often has a nitrogen content which provides a slight fertilizing effect on plants.
- Rainwater is considered soft water, and therefore significantly lowers the amount of detergents and soaps needed for cleaning. Soap scum and hardness deposits do not occur. Water softeners are not necessary with rain water as it often is with well water.
- Rainwater harvesting is already required in new construction in many cities around the country.
- Rainwater harvesting promotes self sufficiency and appreciation for water as a resource. It also promotes water conservation while providing an alternate water source.