What is rainwater harvesting?
Rainwater harvesting is where you collect rainwater from a building rooftop via a drainage system and then filtering and storing this for re-use elsewhere within the property for example in toilet systems. Rainwater harvesting are available for both commercial and domestic properties helping them to both become more self-sufficient and sustainable.
Types of rainwater harvesting systems?
A direct system collects and send water directly to the point of use within the property which includes a backup connection for the mains water supply fed into the harvesting tank. When required the tank will be topped up temporarily with the mains water supply. The only issue with a direct system is that in an event of a blackout then the appliances connected to the rainwater systems will not work.
Also known as gravity or boosted, an indirect system includes a second smaller tank usually located within the building which acts as a break tank. It accepts the backup connection from the water mains supply, meaning if used at a high level as a header tank, when there is no power available for the pumps, the system will continue to run uninterrupted. When a higher pressure is needed the outlet can be boosted.
Benefits of rainwater harvesting?
Reduce your water bills
You will reduce your water bills as you will be utilising the free water collected from the rain and therefore will have less reliance on the mains water supply.
Water supply security
With continually rising demand and prices from utility companies, rainwater harvesting offers you that independence to control your properties outgoings and also have the peace of mind that you are helping satisfy your own water demand.
Reduce your carbon footprint and help save the environment
Rainwater harvesting provides a renewable solution to water use, meaning it doesn’t produce any harmful pollution, it is a great way to recycle water with any property. This technology is a way that each property can help towards protecting the environment and tackling climate change by utilising natural sustainable resources.
Rainwater harvesting maintenance services
Most manufacturer’s warranties are only upheld if your renewable technology is regularly maintained, which is why it is important to ensure your rainwater harvesting system is serviced frequently by qualified engineers. This will not only guarantee your system’s performance throughout the year and prolong the lifetime of the technology but it will also save you money on repairs as most parts are covered by warranty for approximately 10 to 15 years.
We provide both planned maintenance as well as operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts for rainwater harvesting systems. As part of these packages, one of our qualified and experienced engineers will attend your property to carry out a thorough annual service of your rainwater harvesting system. We will also attend your property for any reactive / emergency repairs.
We not only provide reactive call outs for our clients signed up to our maintenance contracts but will also attend emergency repairs for none clients as well.
Our annual service for your rainwater harvesting system includes:
• Check the tank / pre-tank filter.
• Visual inspections of the rainwater pumps, including assembly and set-up.
• Visual inspection of the main rainwater tank.
• Check the rainwater control panel and control system.
• Check service chambers.
• Check backwashing or fine rainwater filters.
• Check header tank.
• Check and pressure vessels.