Every minute, countless drops of water is consumed by millions of people on earth ,as well as other living organisms that need water for survival. The importance of water is as vital as taking care of ourselves, since it drives us to have a healthy lifestyle. Water is supplied to numerous residents of every place in this planet. That’s why water shortage is really an alarming problem nowadays. There are countries that can’t supply enough water to their residents because of the lack of access to water resources, for that reason some people suffer from the effects of having no water supply. However, there is an alternative way in order to cope up with this upsetting water crisis. They make use of the rainwater by collecting and storing it for sustaining their water needs, in a simpler term– rainwater harvesting.

Come to think of it, rain is the most disregarded free water source. If used wisely, it’s a great loophole to your water problems. If all houses were to set up their own rainwater harvesting system, you can only imagine all the positive outcome it could bring, both to the consumer and to the environment. Upon opting for rainwater harvesting you also need to set up a water tank, this will serve as the container for your rainwater. With a rainwater tank installed in houses, it is important to know where it will be used. Either for potable purposes or non-potable purposes.

Rainwater from tanks can be used for daily household chores—like washing your car, cleaning the toilet, washing the dishes, and the likes—which is called non-potable water. Non-potable water is a water that is used not for drinking, it is commonly used for outdoor water needs though you can use it indoors too unless it’s not for human intake.

Here are the list of where you can use non-potable water:

  1. Irrigation

For a wide area of crops that need to be watered everyday, water from your tank can be used for such chore– Irrigation is giving the right amount of water for crops in order to grow, and by that, the crops would be healthy enough for food production.

There can be a lot of water source for irrigation, like the municipal water supply, but it would lead to costly water bills because you need to water hectares of crops, and that means a mass volume of water is needed. The more water you consume, the more money you need to spend for paying your water bills.

Come to think of it, if you use your large water tank to store rainwater there, once after the rain would occur, it will be filled with heaping amount of water that can be used for irrigation, no matter how much water you use, at least you are not paying any single penny since rain is for free.

In fact, rainwater is good for plants , it is proven that it gives nutrients to the plants, allowing them to grow fast and have a healthy look compared to other water sources.

  1. Toilet flushing

Sanitation is very important for humans because this will keep us from severe diseases. A proper disposal of sewage is a must to keep a bathroom to be continuously usable to whoever will use it. Clean and hygienic bathroom is a must in any establishment.

Water is the key important for this to happen. Why? Try to imagine a bathroom with no water, sounds unpleasant right? Especially if there’s no water to flush out human wastes, your bathroom will have unpleasant smell and it would be very dirty, no one would ever want to use such bathroom.

When there is enough water in your area then it is fine to depend solely with your main water supply, but for the unfortunate and are struggling with water shortage, they can use the water from their tanks for flushing their toilets.

When it comes to buildings that have more than one toilet, this means a lot of water is needed for flushing, in this case it is best to have a support water source or you can solely use the rainwater from your tank to provide water to toilets that is needed for flushing. Why? Main water supply can’t provide enough water for all the toilets especially if there is a lack of water supply compared to rainwater tank, it can provide water for all the toilets unless it’s empty. 

Though only two non-potable water applications are listed above but actually there are a lot. It is up to the consumer of how they will make use of the stored rainwater, but keep in mind that it should never be used for human intake unless the rainwater is treated and went thorough filtration, then it can be consumed, like drinking. Moreover, upon choosing a water tank, it is best to choose the right water tank because this will hold large amount of water that is enough to provide water to any non-potable purposes. Give us a call if you want an expert advice about water tanks, and we will assure to you that the only thing that’s going down the pipes are rainwater stored for you, not your investments.