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Why harvest rainwater and what you can do with it

Why harvest rainwater and what you can do with it

Why Harvest Rainwater & What You Can Do with it

With the increasing unpredictability of the British weather, there hasn’t ever been a better time to harvest rainwater for use around your home and garden. It may sound more complex than it is but, in basic terms, all you’re doing is collecting water that would have been wasted to put to use. In this post, we’re looking at what benefits there are to collecting rainwater, how you can collect water and what you can do once you have it.

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What are the different types of rainwater harvesting systems?

What are the different types of rainwater harvesting systems?

Most of us know the benefits of installing a rainwater harvesting system in our gardens but would like to know more about what types would suit their home best.  There are a few types of rainwater harvesting systems that are used domestically and commercially so depending on your needs, one of these will suit you. Which system you pick completely depends on your needs and space available, after reading this article you should be able to pick a system that’s perfect for you.

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Prepare your garden for hot weather

Prepare your garden for hot weather

With July seeing record breaking high temperatures, some of us worried about the welfare of our gardens. Dry soils and lack of consistent rain meant that our efforts to keep fragile plants alive were boosted to make sure we didn’t lose any of the hard work we had put in. The memory of droughts and hose pipe bans in previous years can leave us gardeners worried as we know how quickly the weather can change. Every drop of water matters and no matter how it is being used we all must ensure that we do not waste any of it. Hopefully you have a water butt installed already and are capitalising on the intermittent downpours and storms that we have had, but if you do not we have other ways to make sure your garden survives a hot summer.

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Farm Rainwater Washdown Systems

Farm Rainwater Washdown Systems

Tending to a farm can take up a lot of time and effort especially when it comes to cleaning.  There are often several different types of animals producing faecal waste every day; from cow sheds to pigsty’s and fields of mulch. It can feel like an endless job when cleaning up and moving waste out of the way.   

However, by investing in one of our farm rainwater washdown systems you can make light work of it.  The farm rainwater system reduces labour intensive work and requires less attention.  You can pump collected rainwater through the dirt and wash it away in a sustainable and eco-conscious way.  When this water is filtered you can also use it to fill up drinking troughs and clean other areas of your farm, this is something we can lend our expertise to.

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The Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter – a peace of mind solution to rainwater collection

The Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter

The Dangers of a blocked gutter

 

A historic issue with the operation of guttering on a house is and has been the build-up of debris, moss and leaves in their gutters. The main cause of this has been the standard practise of roofing contractors or DIY people of fitting what is called a bell or balloon type strainer in the top of the downpipe to prevent debris, leaves, moss from going down the downpipe. This may be done with good intensions; however, the leaves and moss collect around the strainer and block it. This means someone must climb a ladder to clean it, with the inherent danger of falling off the ladder.

Dirt getting into your tanks and barrels leads to complications as it blocks up the flow of water leading to an inefficient and ineffective water harvesting system. This is where the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter provides you with a simple yet effective solution.  Find out more today...

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Why is rainwater harvesting important to the environment?

The world is developing rapidly and the pace of change is increasing. The world’s ever-expanding population combined with climate change anxieties are changing opinion on the world’s water resources.

Climate change is currently at the forefront of the world's political agenda at Paris COP21. It's vital that we recognise the relationship between water and climate. Here we address the question - why is rainwater harvesting important to the environment?

Water impacts our quality of life. The UN has reported a direct correlation between poverty, hunger and water stress. With the world’s climate continuing to increase, so does the risk of drought. South Africa and California are just two examples of where devastating droughts have occurred in 2015.

Severe drought is bad for the ecosystem, agriculture and the economy.  Decreased agricultural production means the cost of food rises. But, drought runs deeper than that, it is also about economic inequality.  Those who live in poverty are those that suffer worst.  Even in the developed state of California it has been reported that racial disparities and political dysfunction are at the heart of the state's water crisis.

In the UK drought is relatively common, with one happening every 5-10 years. In 2010-2012 England and Wales suffered a prolonged two year drought, making this one of the most significant droughts of the last 100 years.

 

"Join other eco-conscious homeowners by re-using what falls from the sky"


The fact is that the world depends on a reliable, clean supply of drinking water to sustain our health. We also need water for agriculture, energy production, navigation, recreation, and manufacturing. Many of these uses put pressure on water resources, stresses that are likely to be exacerbated by climate change. In many areas, climate change is likely to increase water demand while water supplies shrink.

Collecting and Recycling rainwater is a way that many countries can reduce the risk of drought. Find out more about the benefits of rainwater recycling and harvesting.

With the world’s population also increasing at a staggering rate, the possibility of not being able to feed the world is a real one.  It takes 200,000,000 litres per second to grow food for the planet. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that we need to increase agricultural production by 70% to feed the projected 9 billion people expected on the planet by 2050, but how do we produce enough water to fuel this agricultural production?

Increasingly, examples from around the world show that rainwater harvesting for domestic supply can positively address multiple issues regarding safe and reliable water supply, food and even income security, whilst reducing negative impacts on ecosystems.

In the past rainwater harvesting has been dismissed for being too costly, but in fact, the cost of implementation can often be less than other, more traditional engineered public water supply methods. 

 

Using harvested rainwater means zero energy consumption.  You will be saving money on your household water bills and reducing your carbon footprint.”

 

Installing one of Rainwater Solutions' basic Rainwater Harvesting Packages at your home for example, means that you can virtually eliminate the need to use tap water for many outdoor and domestic uses, such as, watering the garden, washing the car, cleaning the windows and mopping the floors. Rainwater can be collected by installing a Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter to your downpipe.


Find out more about how to begin rainwater harvesting. In our post, 4 Steps to Rainwater Harvesting.

 

Resources

United States Envorinmental Protection Agency,

The Guardian, Rainwater Harvesting is Essential to Feed the World

UN MIllenium Project, http://www.unmillenniumproject.org/

The MET Office, http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/interesting/2012-drought

4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling

In our latest blog you can learn how to recycle rainwater for your garden. As we all strive to make our lives more sustainable, rainwater recycling is one way in which you can reduce your environmental impact and save money at the same time.

Rainwater Harvesting or Rainwater Recycling as it's commonly known quite simply means the process by which rainwater is collected and prepared for reuse. Rainwater Harvesting for your garden can be broken down into 4 steps, Rainwater Collection, Rainwater Storage, Rainwater Treatment and Rainwater Distribution. 

4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling
 

Install the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter

Every rainwater harvesting system should start with the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter, which applies the first phase of filtration to rainwater diverted from the downpipe. A mesh insert can also be purchased for further filtration. 50cm hose provided with purchase. 

START COLLECTING RAINWATER 

 

 4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling
 

Choose Your Waterbutt

We sell a wide range of water butts ranging from 100L up to 250L capacity. There are also plenty of different styles to choose from depending on your personal taste, garden size and shape. Slimline or wallmounted waterbutts are great for small gardens. Waterbutt prices start from £45.  If you want to collect more rainwater we also sell tanks.

START STORING RAINWATER 

 

4 steps to rainwater recycling
 

Waterbutt Treatment

Gardening Naturally Natural Water Butt Treatment ensures the rainwater collected in your water butt or tank is fresh and ready for use. It prevents algae, contamination & smells.

START TREATING RAINWATER

 

 4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling
 

Pump it!

If you're happy using a good old fashioned watering can then you can skip this part, but if you'd rather connect a hosepipe and use the spray gun, then a water pump is required. The type of water butt pump you require will depend on the length of your hose/size of your garden.

START PUMPING RAINWATER

 

The Benefits of using the Gutter Mate Diverter

Why Settle for Standard?

The unique Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter gives you a peace of mind solution to rain water collection. There are many benefits to using the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter as opposed to a standard diverter as part of your rainwater harvesting system, which is why it is our best selling and award winning product

5 Reasons why you should be using the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter

Not just a standard diverter - The Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter Basket

The removable filter basket makes it quick and easy to clean


Unlike a standard diverter, the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter can be cleaned without having to remove your downpipe. It's easy for you to identify debris and blockages and it can be cleaned in less than 30 seconds.  The filter is a huge benefit as it ensures that rainwater is cleaned before it reaches your water butt or water tank.

Not just a standard diverter - No ladder needed for the GutterMate diverter & filter.

No need to remove your downpipe or use a ladder


Unlike a standard diverter, the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter can be installed and maintained at ground level. When it needs cleaning you don't have to remove your downpipe to unblock it. Installing a Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter will save you time, energy and money and is an essential part of any rainwater collection system.

GutterMate Diverter & Filter - prevents drainage blockages

It prevents water butt and hose blockages 


Recycling rainwater should be something that makes your life easier not harder. The Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter is a hassle-free solution to rainwater collection. The filter system ensures that you won't need to waste your time trying to remove blockages to your water butt or hose. 

Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter protects your soakaway

Avoid expensive blockages to your soakaway


The debris caught in your Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter works to prevent expensive blockages from occurring in your soakaway. Some of our customers have installed the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter for this reason alone. It is a multi-purpose product, collecting rainwater whilst protecting your soakaway.

Gutter Mate Diveter - It automatically stops diverting water when the butt is full

It automatically stops diverting water when the butt is full


Unlike standard diverters, the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter has two outlets. Once your water butt or rainwater tank is full, water will divert to flow down your downpipe as normal. There is no risk of water spills or burst pipes. Having two outlets also gives your flexibility to divert water using either the diverter or main outlet. 

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