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Defined: Rainwater harvesting is the
collection, conveyance, and storage of rainwater.
We North Texans take pride in our beautiful green yards. We do this in an
area that would not produce even one green yard naturally--certainly not without a tremendous
amount of water. In fact, we use more water per capita than any
other area of the state!
They are fighting us when we come to take their land. And now they are winning, as well they should.
Yet, we have the answer to many of our water problems, now and in the future, on our rooftops: Renewable water from rainwater harvesting.
Rainwater harvesting systems can be as simple as a rain barrel for garden irrigation at the end of a downspout, or a more complicated landscaping irrigation project. It can also be as complex as a residential or commercial potable system.
Rainwater is soft, sodium-free, and one of the cleanest sources of water. It is essentially distilled water, thus, with none of the problems we have in the metroplex like pharmaceuticals in our drinking water.
Harvesting rainwater for irrigating plants also promotes healthy growth for those plants..
When rainwater comes in contact with other surfaces, however, dust, bacteria, molds, algae, fecal matter, and/or other organic matter washes into the storage tanks. The more continuous days without rainfall, the more debris is harvested from the catchment surfaces. Thus, rainwater intended for potable use should be filtered and disinfected.
There are certainly ways to make rainwater potable. However, this website will not cover potable water, only water used for irrigation collected from rooftops, not land based.
If you intend to use the harvesting system as drinking water, it is very important to consult a professional about your system.
green builder, or green remodeler
in North Central Texas
or the Dallas-Fort Worth area?
Are you purchasing or building a home?
Ready to add renewable energy?
Interested in living more sustainably?
Contact Terry Jensen
Frugal Energy, LLC
972 251-1532 or 817 443-2553
Please call. If I can answer without
seeing your home or business,
I will do so at no charge.
The State of Texas estimates 2 billion gallons of water could be generated annually in a large metropolitan area the size of Dallas if we only used 10% of our roof area to harvest rainwater.
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