Opting to use only the water inside your tank as your home water supply would be convenient when it comes to reducing water bills. But only using only tank water as your water supply in your home seems impossible. Fortunately, a proper plan can turn this idea into reality. Planning is the key to accomplishing your goal, as well as the following factors that need to be considered.
Consider the water consumption in your home. You will be able to know how much water you need to collect and to store by knowing how much water is consumed in your home. The water consumption in your home includes the amount of water used for indoor activities such as taking a bath, washing dishes, washing clothes, for cooking and for drinking, as well as outdoor activities such as those done on the lawn or garden in your property.
Consider the amount of water that can be harvested in your property. Aside from calculating the water consumption in your home, it is also needed to calculate the water volume that you can harvest by the size of your catchment area. Catchment area determines the volume of water you will be able to collect because it is where the harvesting of rain will initially start. The bigger the size of your catchment area guarantees you a higher chance of having a large amount of water to be stored.
In line with the above, you also need to consider how often it rains in your area and how much rain is normally received in your area. There are places where rain comes often, and if you live in one of those places, then it is so advantageous to you because the higher chance of rain means more rainwater will be gathered.
Determine how large the water tank should be. You need to choose a tank that can hold enough water to sustain your entire household. Put into account that the only water source you are opting for your home water consumption is the tank water only, and thus you need a large water tank that can store all the collected rainwater from the catchment area in your home.
Consider how you will be using the tank water. Collected rainwater can be used in chores where no human intake is involved like washing clothes, dishes, car or even in taking a bath. However, if rainwater will be used for drinking and cooking then there are measures that need to be taken into account to make sure that it is safe and clean before use. For such purposes, all the components involved in rainwater harvesting must be well maintained. Pay special attention to the meshes, screens, filters, first flush diverter, and the purification system of your rainwater harvesting system.
To summarize it all, using tank water as the only water source in your home is definitely possible as long as you know what to prepare.