Conserve Water: In What Ways Can You Use Rainwater?


rainwaterNot all Australian homes have direct access to water and even if they do, their supply may not be enough for their needs. As a result, some buy water and transport it to their property. Others collect rainwater and store it in their tanks.

Rhino Water Tanks noted that rainwater tanks don’t only store water collected from your roof when it rains. Most of them filter the water, so any household can reuse it. While it isn’t safe enough to be part of the drinking water supply, you can use rainwater for the following:

Flushing the Toilet

Depending on the model, a toilet can use up to 12 litres per flush. If an average household uses about 30 litres of water per person every day, then that’s 210 litres a week.

Apart from changing the toilets you have at home, you may want to change the water you use for flushing. Experts say that you don’t have to use water that’s as clean as your drinking water. It’s acceptable to use alternatives like rainwater.

Watering the Garden

Plants aren’t as sensitive as humans. In fact, rainwater is one of their main sources to keep hydrated. Collecting rainwater is beneficial because Australian households use nearly 25% to 50% of their water supply simply to keep their landscape from dying, especially during dry season. Don’t add to the burden of your area’s water shortage and start collecting rainwater during the wet season.

Doing the Laundry

A washing machine can use up to 150 litres of water per load and in Australia, households have at least five to six loads per week. Many homeowners have doubts about this, but remember that most rainwater tanks have filtration systems. You can use the filtered rainwater for washing, then use your main water supply when rinsing.

These are only some of the activities where you can use rainwater. By installing a rainwater tank, you don’t only save your community and the environment; you can reduce your water bills, as well.