Green energy is becoming more popular than ever. Whether it’s solar panels, wind turbines, or other methods, 18% of all electricity in the United States is now created using renewable resources.

Although its legality has differed from state to state, the Rainwater Collection Act means Californians can now begin harvesting rainwater.

What is Rainwater Harvesting?

Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting rainfall into large containers and using it for household tasks and irrigation. Collection systems can vary from household to household; some residences have a simple barrel placed beneath a downspout while others have elaborate collection vats connected by a series of pipes. With areas of northern California receiving an average of 40 inches per year, there is plenty of opportunity for homeowners to take advantage of this resource.

What are the Advantages of Rainwater Harvesting?

The primary goal of rainwater harvesting, as outlined by communities like Berkeley, is to provide an alternative water supply for landscape irrigation. The average summer temperature can reach highs of 92℉, so lawns and gardens can become parched if left unwatered for too long. This problem is only further exacerbated by California’s recent droughts.

Rainwater harvesting is not only a great way for homeowners to save money, but also to preserves local aquifers in case of future emergencies. It also limits the amount of stormwater that would normally runoff through the property. Stormwater picks up dangerous pesticides and pollutants while passing to the ocean, and can contaminate pristine areas and bodies of water. By gathering this stormwater and using it, you will preserve these areas and restrict pesticides to an enclosed and manageable environment.

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