The passing of North Carolina State Law 243 made it so that both residential and commercial buildings can now utilize harvested rainwater. Here are some points to consider if you are thinking about harvesting rainwater.
Rainwater Isn’t Potable
One of the most important things to remember about the harvesting of rainwater is that the water you collect will not be fit to drink. The water harvested via your rain barrels and cisterns can only be used for things such as flushing toilets or watering plants.
Storage and Collection
Not all rain-harvesting methods are created equally. For personal residences and other smaller buildings, collection via a rain barrel is best. Rain barrels typically hold about 60 gallons of water, which is perfect for properties that do not have a high irrigation need. Cisterns are much larger and often have the ability to pump water making them the most appropriate choice for larger buildings or sprawling landscapes that require irrigation.
Harvesting Improves Water Quality
Stormwater runoff affects water quality by accumulating contaminants as it makes its way to storm drains and into the water treatment facilities. By harvesting the rainwater produced by the storms, there is less water flowing into the drainage system—thus lessening the chances for impurities to contaminate potable water.
Contact Camp’s Well & Pump Co., Inc. to find out more about rainwater harvesting in North Carolina.