Posted by: rainworks | August 29, 2009

Rainwater Harvesting for Communities/Municipalities:

Reduce community pollution runoff into streams, rivers, reservoirs and estuaries.

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Enhance Rural and Urban Environments

  • There are many ways a home owner, can join with Community Parks and Recreation departments, and other agencies can enhance their environment, and at the same time, profiting from this free and natural resource; “Rain Water” by saving on their own water bill.

 

  • The factory owner, and farmer can also profit with an initial small investment by planning their own water saving landscaping, by reducing pollution and erosion. It’s called “Xeriscaping”. The fundamental element of Xeriscape design is water conservation. Already if people don’t notice it, gas stations across the country landscape their premises. This tax write off for them has helped create many jobs; not only in a labor force but also in the growth of nurseries.

 

  • Landscaping within a community can be most effective by the home owner by capturing the rainwater and slowly water; gardens, shrubs, flowers, and garden ponds. Instead of allowing those down spouts to discharge quickly to flush the street pollutants directly into the storm sewer, and then our rivers where that direct water runoff is hazardous to Marine Life. The home owner can landscape in a conservation manner allowing recharging of the water table and natural filtration to take place to process the water by leeching it through the soils before it goes into our rivers.

 

  • Many states, cities do offer the home owner and commercial business a ca$h subsidy for Rainwater Harvesting. The federal government will also allow you to install an energy saving designer roof with a $1500.00 tax credit. This same roof would be ideal for a Rainwater Catchment infrastructure system.

 

  • Community parks could have public shelters used as a Rain Capture system to provide a watering resource instead of using municipal or private water treatment plants to provide that water. Remember,  only about 5% of the water from municipal or private water treatment plants is used for potable purposes, that’s a lot of your water bill going down the drain.

Most of all, whether or not we realize it or not, Rainwater Harvesting goes back many thousands of years. It provided irrigation to Mesopotamia, commerce along the Nile River; even the Incas achieved greatness by Rainwater Harvesting.

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