Collecting Rainwater to Reduce Water Bills

Rain is more common in a tropical countries. In the Philippines, we have the rainy season that spans throughout the month of June to November. Since rainwater is plenty during the rainy season and this is the perfect time to collect it. There are various ways how to utilize the rainwater for different purposes in our homes. 

Here at Shoppiverse PH, we listed some ways how can we use rainwater inside our homes:

rainwater roof


1. For toilet use

pail

If you have unused drums or a bigger container you can store rainwater in it and use it for flushing the toilet. This is perfect if you are living in a location that constantly raining. Instead of letting it be wasted and flow on the ground you better use it in toilets. 


2. Watering plants

watering plant

Rainwater contains traces of nitrates, which are essential for plant growth. These are a natural form of fertilizer that is beneficial to your plant. Aside from that, it contains more oxygen than tap water. 

It's like hitting two birds in one stone you save to reduce your water bill and make your plant healthier at the same time.


3. Car wash or Motorcycle cleaning

car wash

Instead of using the water from our faucet and contributing to the water bill. Why you don't use water collected from rain? Make sure to filter first the collected water to avoid debris such as small stones or metallic objects that might cause scratches or small dents to your cars. 


4. For Bathing 

bathing in rain

Using the rainwater for bathing purposes is extremely safe as long as you properly stored the rainwater away from light. Typically the rainwater becomes dirty or contaminated due to improper ways of collecting it. To avoid contaminants make sure to use only a clean container and use a water filter using a clean cloth made out of polyester or a clean t-shirt made of the same fabric will do.


5. Drinking

drinking

If you are living in the rural areas and there is no pollution in the area. Drinking from rainwater is perfectly safe as long as it passes through a decontamination process. 

How can we drink the rainwater?

Make sure that the items used in the collection of the rainwater are properly cleaned. The rainwater must be also filtered to avoid debris mixed with the water. I remember during my childhood that we are stricken by typhoons and there is no water available in our area. As an alternative, we use rainwater as a source of drinking water. My mother use a clean t-shirt made out of polyester fabric to filter the water dripping from our nipa hut roof and then boiled the collected water to kill the microorganism. 

It is not advisable to get rainwater in cities to be used for drinking because it can be contaminated by acid rain. Consuming acid rain can cause brain damage over time so better avoid it.

To store rainwater for a longer period you must avoid it being exposed to the sunlight because it inhibits the growth of algae making the rainwater unusable.

In summary:

Collecting water during the rainy season is beneficial for you in terms of reducing your water bill. But the most important benefit is you become part of the conservation of water. This will be a great help to reduce the dependability in our water reservoir. The level of water easily drops during summertime so it will be a great action to save water when we have still plenty of it. 

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