In recent years, the amount of waste we recycle has continued increasing. A total of 44.3% of our household rubbish is being recycled, rather than sent to landfills. However, one thing we’re perhaps not as used to recycling is rain water. Have you ever thought to recycle rain water? Rain might be something that just seems like a huge pain; it means bringing the washing in, battling your broken umbrella, and trying to dry your shoes out. It can also be a bit of a pain if you have a poorly installed flat roof! But did you know it could also be used in an environmentally friendly and very efficient way? Recycling your rainwater can reduce your water consumption by up to 40%!
It might seem like a distant memory now, but people have always collected and stored rainwater for household use. Before having a mains water supply became the norm, people collected rainwater for domestic jobs such as laundry and washing up. Developments in technology and building techniques now mean that it is much easier to collect and recycle rainwater. Now known as rainwater harvesting (RWH), this system is now facing a surge in popularity, as many households are considering ways to be more environmentally friendly, and save money at the same time. One of the ways in which you can recycle rainwater is through your roof! RWH is the process of collecting water from surfaces that it falls on – it’s water that’s normally lost during the drainage process. The run-off water is not of drinking water quality, but it can be used for toilet flushing, watering, and machine washing clothes after it has been collected and stored. You can, however, also choose to invest in water treatment technology if you would like to recycle rainwater into drinking water. Having a rainwater harvesting system doesn’t have to be expensive either, and one of the easiest ways is to use your own flat roof to gather this water.
With a properly installed flat roof, there should be a slight gradient which allows rainwater to drain quickly and effectively into the gutters, without collecting in depressions. The material your flat roof is made from also affects how efficiently you can recycle rainwater – a flat rubber or plastic roof allows water to run off quickly, unlike gravel and asphalt materials which can slow the run-off process considerably. If your roof doesn’t quite match these requirements, with a few modifications or the advice of a roofing company, it can be easily achieved.
Just imagine putting all of that rain we get in this country to a good use! And recycling the rain water will benefit not only your own pocket but means you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too!
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