You don’t have to live in the Southwest to know that it doesn’t rain here very often, except possibly during monsoon season. According to US Climate Data, Albuquerque has about 59 rainy days per year. This means roughly 306 days of blue skies and sunshine for us the rest of the year, but it also leaves us feeling parched. With our thirsty climate, many New Mexicans are becoming increasingly intrigued in harvesting rainwater and the perks that come with it. Luckily, we can help provide you information on this green alternative.
Save Money by Saving Rain Water
First and foremost, saving rainwater can help you save money on your water bill. That caught your attention, didn’t it? Typically, your water bill will vary on the size of the home and the number of people living in it. Using rainwater also helps to reduce the demand for groundwater.
Reduce Your Dependency on Local Water Sources
Next, harvesting rainwater can reduce the dependency on local water sources in the event of a contamination. A recent example of contamination is in Flint, Michigan and the problems they’ve had.
Help Control Storm Water Run-Off
Harvesting rainwater can also help control stormwater run-off, reduce potential flooding in some areas and reduce erosion because it doesn’t cause scale and corrosion like hard water does.
Use Collected Rain Water for Non-Drinking Purposes
While the collected rainwater isn’t recommended for drinking, it can, however, be used for non-drinking purposes. Some common non-drinking purposes of collected rainwater are washing your car, watering your garden or bathing your dog. Also, run-off water usually ends up getting polluted and contaminated by oils, toxins, and poisons, which ultimately pollutes the water that we eventually drink.
How to Collect Rain Water
A few methods of collecting rainwater include 55-gallon rain barrels, roof catchment areas, and even garden hoses can help route the water to your garden.
It can be more difficult to harvest rainwater in the Southwest due to the arid climate, but it can be done. The Albuquerque Water Authority is a fantastic resource for more information on how and if this could be accomplished at your home.