Seven Facts You Should Know about Rainwater Harvesting (But Were Afraid to Ask)

10th Sep 2015


  • Rainwater Harvesting is a water conservation technique used for collecting, storing, and using rainwater for irrigation and other non-potable uses for water. Properly treated, rainwater can be used for drinking.
  • Rainwater harvesting helps conserve water and reduces electricity consumption needed to treat and distribute water.
  • Rainwater is chemical free and charged with hydrogen-a necessary and natural fertilizer.
  • Rainwater harvesting is actually an ancient technique used as far back as 4,000 years ago.
  • 1 inch of rain over 1,000 square feet of roof can conserve up to 660 gallons of water.
  • A cistern is an underground tank used for rainwater collection. A rainwater tank is usually 100 gallons or more and is above ground.
  • Rain Barrels are one of the easiest ways to collect rainwater. Their origin began with barrels left over from imported goods brought into New England in the 1600’s.