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So what is Rainwater Harvesting?
Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting water from a roof space, and storing it in a large (normally underground) storage tank.
What can Rainwater be used for?
Rainwater is classed as non-potable, so can be used for toilets, washing machines and garden use. Together these equate to around 50% of domestic mains water use.
You can add power washing, drip irrigation and general outdoor
cleaning to the list.
See the Environment Agency Chart above - toilet flushing
is 33% and washing machines use 12% on average.
What are the benefits of Rainwater Harvesting?
installing a rainwater harvesting system you can expect
to half your water bill. But the benefits stretch far
- Help protect the environment by not drawing as much
from potentially vulnerable river eco systems.
- Help your planning application- authorities look
favourably on housing with good eco credentials.
- Prevent flooding- rainwater harvesting systems prevent
flooding as they work as storm attenuation devices.
Reducing our over reliance on council drains.
How is the water kept fresh and clear- unlike
the water in my water
Firstly, almost all systems we sell use underground storage tanks. This means the water stays at a constant,
cool, temperature and has no exposure to light. This
makes bacterial growth almost impossible. The water is
also very heavily filtered in a number of stages to
remove any debris.
What are the running costs and maintenance like?
Surprisingly low, most filters are self cleaning, so we ask most customers to inspect
them just once or twice a year to check for any major debris. This is as simple as lifting the manhole cover and checking
the filter. Electrical costs with our Rain Director are as low as 1p per person per day. Everything else is fully automated,
you won’t notice a difference until you see your water bill!
What sort of system do I need? What size tank is right for me?
For domestic (toilets and washing machines) use we would
normally advise our
Gravity Feed Rain Director
. The advantages are huge- it uses far less energy
than any other system on the market, and has lots of
other clever features-
see this excellent product in more detail here
This system does though require a small header tank for
the loft space.
Direct feed systems
are the UK standard and are slightly
cheaper and easier to plumb.
We also sell
systems just for garden use
What size tank is right for me?
To size the tank we have our clever tank size
calculator- that takes into account lots of factors
and comes out with an ideal tank size for your
See our tank size calculator here
Who installs a rainwater harvesting system how much does it cost?
Any competent builder should be able to install a
system. In fact the many of the latest systems use flat
dig tanks - making install much simpler and less
expensive. The plumbing work is all completely standard-
using easy push fit connections.
We provide full, picture based,
easy to use instructions
, along with a
manned technical help line.
As a rule, if installed efficiently somewhere in the region of £700-£1200 to a new build property would be
What about customer service and stock?
We have a team of technical sales personnel who can answer most of your questions either by email or by phone
with supporting literature and images online ready to download. In 5 years we have come across many different installations
and may have dealt with just the situation you are facing.
Much of the product you see is drawn from our stocks in the UK. If your order is very urgent we will do our utmost to help
and the team relish a challenge. We have a full in-house fulfilment and web development team processing orders both online and by phone and email.
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