With the recent emphasis on wanting to lead a more sustainable lifestyle sweeping the nation—rainwater collection may be your first step toward leading an eco-friendly lifestyle here in Washington. Whether you decide to use a smaller rain barrel or a large cistern, there are many benefits of water collection. Here’s what you should know about this environmentally-friendly alternative as you consider making this your new hobby.

Advantages of Rainwater Harvesting

1. Lowers Your Bills

Every time you run your hose to wash your car or water your lawn/garden, you’re spiking your water bill. Conserving water and having this source as a replacement for certain tasks can save you money in the long run. By using this new source of water, you’re no longer depending on the water from your household. Hooking your plumbing or hose up to the rainwater barrel or cistern gives you the option to use the rainwater and not your home’s plumbing.

2. Can be Used for Non-drinking Purposes

Rainwater is natural and can be used for an abundance of tasks that we perform on a regular basis, for example:

  • Washing your car

  • Watering your garden, lawn or indoor plants (this is because rainwater is soft and doesn’t have minerals in it)

  • Bathing your pet

For these smaller chores, you don’t need purified or filtered water, whereas rainwater can do the trick. As for more advanced systems, rainwater can even be used as toilet water or for washing your clothes and dishes. However, you will need to filter your rainwater before using this to wash your dishes to ensure it’s clean.

3. Lowers the Risk of Flooding

As the rainwater is collected in basins, it reduces the amount of water actually hitting the ground—essentially, reducing the risk of flooding on your property. As you collect rainwater, you’re also helping the environment by decreasing the amount of erosion caused by runoff.

Plumbing Services in Lynnwood

If you find yourself dealing with plumbing issues while you switch to a more sustainable water source, call on the Lynnwood plumbers at Steve’s Plumbing, LLC. From a small leak to a state-of-the-art filtration system, we’re here to help. Contact us online or by calling (425) 979-7376 to schedule your appointment, today!