Water - without it we couldn’t survive. Thankfully, the stuff appears to be everywhere. After all, 71% of the earth’s surface is covered in vast oceans of water.
So we have nothing to worry about right?
Sea water, is of course, salt water. The processes involved in turning salt water into potable (drinking) water are deemed too expensive to be practical. The fact is, fresh water is an increasingly scarce resource. Although falling in abundance in the UK, it is then largely lost as it is evaporates back into the atmosphere and follows natural water-courses back into the sea. The fresh water that is extracted by the utility companies has to be processed at some cost and complexity before it arrives conveniently through our mains at drinking water standard.
In areas susceptible to drought such as the south east of England, it is important therefore to be responsible when it comes to how much mains water we use. Otherwise, it is inevitable that we will face further hose pipe bans. Although we all have a measure of concern for the environment and the future impact of over-consuming natural resources, we must acknowledge that generally human nature is to be more concerned with the present and the resources in our wallet.
The choice of water purification method we use for instance could leave us with the choice of saving money or saving water. Likely, we would choose to save money. But does that have to be the case?
Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and storage of rainwater for reuse on-site, it is one of the simplest and oldest methods of self-supply of water for households usually financed by the user.
The fact is that soft water is readily available wherever you live. We’re talking about water which is actually almost pure already, so running costs become negligible.
Here are some useful links where you can find our more information and find products related to rainwater harvesting.
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