Could Rainwater Harvesting Help with the California Drought?

With California and other parts of the country continuing to suffer from drought, it’s time to start thinking of ways to capture the rainwater and snow meltoff. While California works to regulate and reduce water consumption statewide, those individuals and businesses involved in agriculture and other industries needing additional water supply than what has been allocated must look elsewhere. Rainwater harvesting may be an option for those needing additional water resources in drought-ridden areas.

Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting

California and other areas experiencing drought need a water system in place that allows them to capture water when it’s available and store enough of it to protect the area during dry periods. Rainwater harvesting offers a variety of benefits that can help provide independent water supplies during times of drought and restrictions on water.
  • Supplements main water supply in times of drought
  • Can help mitigate flooding of low-lying areas
  • Reduces demand on wells, which may enable groundwater levels to be sustained
  • Because rainwater is substantially free of salinity and other salts, it helps the availability of potable water
  • Reduces demands on wells and helps groundwater levels to be sustained, or in cases of drought, reaccumulated
  • Reduces stormwater runoff pollution of freshwater bodies
  • Reuses rainwater and snow meltoff for irrigation, drinking water and more
Rainwater can be harvested from rooftops, driveways and other surfaces on your property. Different kits are available from distributors like National Storage Tank, that provide you with the tanks, liners and water storage mechanisms necessary for rainwater harvesting. If you already have a retention or detention pond, tank or cistern that needs to be lined, BTL can help you find the perfect liner for your rainwater harvesting needs. Depending on the regulations in your state or county, rainwater harvesting may or may not be an option for you. For residents of Colorado hoping to collect rainwater to use during dry periods, you may be out of luck. Colorado prohibits residents from collection rainwater on their property, whether above or below ground. Check with your state, county and city regulations before installing a system for rainwater harvesting. Remember, even if you begin rainwater harvesting, be sure to use water supplies conservatively. With drought conditions persisting in California and elsewhere, it’s important to use water supplies intelligently so we can eventually move out of a state of emergency. Water is our most important, shared resource. It’s important to find solutions that work for the greater good.

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