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Top Tips for Using Rainwater Domestically & Commercially

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Did you know that rainwater can be used (instead of mains water) for a huge number of activities and tasks domestically and commercially (inside and outside).

As an alternative water source, rainwater recycling can help reduce typical household water usage by up to 70%, with hot water applications by as much as 85%. Utility bill reductions can a real difference to your household expenses too.

However, rainwater should not be used as a replacement for drinking water, especially in heavily populated areas where soot, grime and commercial debris can settle.

Rainwater can be used throughout spring, summer, autumn and winter for a multitude of tasks:

  • In spring: great for pressure washing your patio or yard in preparation for the summer and for garden seed germination too
  • In summer: excellent for when hosepipe bans inevitably come into force, provided that a rainwater tank is not connected to a mains water supply. Using a water butt is perfectly fine
  • In autumn: perfect for washing off salt, grit and grime from your car during one of the dirtiest seasons of the year
  • In winter: for using stored rainwater when outdoor activities are at a minimum

Accompanying tanks and water butts are available in variety of sizes, so make sure you choose your rainwater harvesting system capacity wisely. Larger rainwater tanks are more beneficial as you can store higher quantities of water during the wet seasons for use during dry periods.

For larger-capacity requirements and where space is limited, consider using two smaller tanks instead of one.

Ideal for homes, rental properties (not flats), bungalows and town houses, rainwater is the perfect mains-water replacement. So how can rainwater be utilised domestically?

Using rainwater inside your home or property
  • Clothes washing & laundry – connect your washing machine to your tank
  • Toilet flushing – gain water usage savings
  • Children’s fun water activities
  • Watering houseplants
  • Pets drinking water
Using rainwater outside your home or property  For washing:
  • Car and vehicle washing
  • Pressure washing and cleaning
  • Patio and yard washing
  • Pet washing or shampooing
For watering:
  • Garden watering
  • Plant pot watering incl bay windows
  • Allotment watering
  • Sprinkler systems for lawns and borders
  • Irrigation systems – gravity & pump
  • Pond top up & circulation
  • Ornamental water supply
For recreation:
  • Swimming pools
  • Paddling pools
  • Water slides
  • Children’s fun water fights
For building work:
  • Construction activities
  • Concrete mixing
  • Water collection for internal work incl plastering and steam paint-stripping
Using rainwater for commercial or public service applications

Ideal for horticultural setups, rainwater can also be used inside and outside the following establishments to save on current (costly) mains-water utility bills:

  • Plant nurseries
  • Commercial growers
  • Garden Centres
  • Sports ground irrigation (golf, cricket, football and recreational)
  • Commercial offices incl factories and communal buildings
  • Schools and colleges
  • Hospitals

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