Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting, the process that involves collecting and storing rainwater from various surfaces for future use, is an easy, affordable and sustainable way for households and organizations to meet their water needs. Rising populations, high processing costs and increasing numbers of people moving to large cities are putting more pressure on water providers to supply them with adequate water to meet their daily needs. As a result, it is important for anyone looking to get access to sufficient water quantities to consider investing in rainwater harvesting systems, and reduce their reliance on municipal councils, water bodies and other suppliers of this precious commodity. Below are a few benefits of incorporating the practice of harvesting rainwater into your lifestyle:
1. Affordable water
Americans pay an average of $50 every month to have water piped into their homes. In addition statistics indicate that Americans spend $100 per person yearly to purchase bottled water. Conversely, setting up a basic rainwater harvesting system will set you back about $3000 but this can be easily recouped in savings on your water bill and ultimately prove to be the most cost effective option in the long run.

2. Self sufficiency
Once you set up your own rain harvesting system, your reliance on water providers is brought down to a minimum and you will only have to depend on this water source in cases of extreme drought and other rare occurrences. You are also less likely to experience price fluctuations that occur when the cost of processing goes up due to an increase in oil prices, water treatment chemicals and other materials used to treat and clean water.

3. Soil conservation
Harvesting rainwater and directing it into a central place for storage means that there is less impact on the ground, as well as reduced runoff which ultimately prevents soil erosion, leaching of nutrients from the ground and even waterlogged soils that are detrimental to agriculture.

4. Useful for irrigation
In addition to reducing their reliance on third parties to supplier their water, many people are also choosing to grow their own organic food that is healthier and safer than store bought options that are produced using harmful pesticides and fertilizers. Stored rainwater is making this process easier by giving both rural and urban farmers access to a cheap and easily available source of water to irrigate their crops and ensure a year long and constant supply of food for them and their families.

Rainwater harvesting will become more and more important as people discover the benefits they can reap from this time honored practice. Anyone looking for an affordable, sustainable and easily utilizable source of water would do well to consider investing in this system. If you have decided that rainwater harvesting is the way to go, you can learn more about this sustainable practice at the Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute (

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