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January 31, 2019

Rainwater Harvesting: 7 Common Misconceptions Debunked

Agriculture, Water Tanks

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Rainwater harvesting is the best way to upgrade your water supply. It allows you autonomy when your local community experiences challenges in terms of providing water for everybody.

Below are common misconceptions you want to avoid when considering the role of rainwater harvesting.

Myth # 1: You need a large roof for rainwater collection to be worth it

Some people argue that you need a large roof to catch enough rainwater and make rainwater harvesting worthwhile. Not so. Even rainwater collected from a relatively small roof can serve different uses in a small acreage or provide sufficient water for domestic purposes in an average-sized family. A roof of about 100 square metres can collect up to 50,000 litres of water a year. See how much rain you can harvest here.

Myth # 2: Rainwater is dirty and therefore unsafe for drinking

Another commonly held but misguided belief is that collected rainwater is unsafe to drink. This statement is too broad.

Rainwater is unsafe *if* it contains pollutants. But all other things considered, rainwater is relatively safer than surface water and doesn’t contain chlorine which, in huge doses, can be harmful.

Myth # 3: Rainwater is only good for gardening

As mentioned above, quality rainwater, especially when collected properly and stored in quality tanks, are safe to drink for humans, livestock, and plants.

Myth # 4: Rainwater collection is expensive

Granted, you need to shell out money to purchase a rainwater tank along with the necessary components and fittings, which then begs the question, “Can you really save money by harvesting rainwater?”

Yes, various studies, in fact, report a reduction on water bills with rainwater collection.

A good quality poly water tank used for farming or household purposes can serve you up to 20 years and help you reduce your reliance on mains water.

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This is significant when you take into consideration the fact that water is becoming more expensive to supply and purchase with each passing year. Even if you live in a drought-prone region, imagine how much you can save when the window for economising on water bills is open to you.

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Myth # 5: Collecting rainwater in dry or drought-prone areas is impractical

Nothing could be further from the truth. Even dry climates have rain at times. In fact, the more prone to drought your area is, the more necessary it is to collect rainwater. When rain starts falling, you need a way to catch rain to make the next drought period more bearable.

The amount of water you can collect via rainwater harvesting may surprise you!

Myth # 6: Rainwater tanks are a hassle to maintain

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

Many things, in fact, need maintenance. Our car, our house, even our clothes. A rainwater tank is no different. For rainwater tanks that are easier to maintain, try seamless poly water tanks.

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Myth # 7: Collecting rainwater is bad for aquifers

In hot conditions, uncollected rainwater ends up being evaporated. On the other hand, because collected rainwater can be utilised for future use, it stands a good chance of infiltrating the ground after use and helping, in fact, to replenish aquifers. Collecting rainwater also gives you the added satisfaction of knowing that you're doing your part to reduce damage to streams and creeks from storm water runoff while simultaneously helping to preserve limited supplies of fresh water throughout your region.

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A lie told several times becomes the truth. That’s why it’s important to bust the myths about rainwater harvesting so you don’t pass up the chance to benefit from it.

At Coerco, you'll find a huge range of poly water tanks, including two Premium rain water tank ranges and a Slimline water tank range designed for confined spaces.

Coerco has been supplying them to homes and businesses across Western Australia for decades now. The reasons for Coerco’s longevity are simple: Depth of experience in the industry, customer responsiveness, and always being prepared to go the extra mile in providing customised solutions that meet specific customer needs.

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published on February 8, 2018 and has been revamped and updated for the purpose of accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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