Taking advantage of April showers with rainwater harvesting

Taking advantage of April showers with rainwater harvesting

April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring about the opportunity to collect and conserve water through the use of rainwater harvesting. Rainwater harvesting is a simple and effective way to collect and store rainwater for future use - it’s collected from the roof and re-used within the home and garden.

Why is rainwater harvesting proving to be more popular with farmers?

In recent years we’ve seen an increase in drought that severely impacted agricultural production and therefore farmers are turning to rainwater harvesting during these extreme weather conditions. We’re set to get another hot, dry spell this summer, so be sure to make the most of the spring showers whilst you can!

There are many reasons for the increased use of rainwater harvesters, including:

  • Mitigates the effects of drought: Drought can have a devastating impact on crop yields and water availability. By harvesting rainwater, farmers can supplement their water supply during dry periods, reducing the impact of drought on their crops.
  • Reduces dependence on municipal water supplies: Farmers who rely on municipal water supplies can face rising costs and reduced availability during times of drought. Harvesting rainwater provides a reliable alternative water source that is not subject to the same restrictions as municipal water.
  • Improves water quality: Rainwater is generally free of minerals and chemicals found in groundwater or surface water. This makes it ideal for irrigating crops, as it can improve soil quality and reduce the need for fertilisers.
  • Sustainability: Harvesting rainwater is a sustainable practice that can help reduce the environmental impact of farming. It reduces the demand for groundwater and surface water, which can help maintain the long-term viability of these water sources.
  • Cost savings: Harvesting rainwater can save farmers money on their water bills, especially during times of drought when water prices tend to increase. It can also reduce the cost of transporting water to their farms.

Farmers facing increased water bills

The rapid rise in inflation in the last year has caused all bills to rapidly increase and water bills are no different. They are also set to see their biggest increase in almost two decades from April 2023. The industry body Water UK said the typical household water bill will increase by 7.5%, just another reason to look to save costs through rainwater harvesting.

How to choose the correct rainwater harvester?

There are a few things to consider when choosing a rainwater harvester to suit your needs. Consider factors such as the size of your property, the amount of rainfall you receive, and the types of activities you will be using the water for. You will also need to ensure that the harvester you choose is compatible with your existing plumbing system.

In addition, it is important to properly maintain your rainwater harvester to ensure that it functions effectively. This may involve servicing the tank periodically to prevent the buildup of debris or algae, or adding a filter to remove any contaminants that may be present in the water.

Overall, rainwater harvesting is a simple and effective way to conserve water, save money on your water bill, and help protect the environment. By investing in a rainwater harvester, you can take advantage of the benefits of April showers all year round.

How can we help?

We supply cost-competitive rainwater harvesting tanks up to a massive 2,000,000 litres capacity, so whatever your application we’ve got you covered! We can also supply all the UV filters and pumps to make your system complete. 

To save you the hassle, we can also design a bespoke rainwater harvesting system to suit your needs and if required our team of installers can construct it too. 

If you speak to one of our experts they’ll be able to come up with a solution that works best for you, give us a call on 0121 351 3230.

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