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Harvesting Rainwater: What You Need to Know

Fall is here, and most of the Pacific Northwest has already had it's first few seasonal downpours! One trend among the sustainable community is to collect rainwater. Harvesting and using rainwater cuts down on your water bills and is an excellent way to reduce your environmental impact. Now is a great time to use rainwater for watering your lawn, livestock, and garden as we head into Autumn!

Before choosing your water harvesting means and methods, first check with state and city laws to ensure it is allowed. Pay close attention and abide by any associated rules and guidelines. Some cities may have restrictions on uses, collection amounts, or rain barrel placement. If you're considering using your harvested water for consumption (and your state allows it), do careful research so you can proceed safely.

Once you know whether or not harvesting rainwater is right for you, the next step is to figure out your collection method. There are several options, from hiring a professional company that installs their own system to an afternoon DIY project! Some DIY basins are simply a gutter-sized hole drilled into the side of a garbage can. Others are large containers with an intricate pipe system that delivers the water automatically. Either way, there is undoubtedly an option out there that is well-suited for your family.

There are a few things to remember when building your own DIY water collection system. First, make sure your rain barrel is tightly sealed. Also, use a filter to keep out large contaminants such as leaves, twigs, and insects. While many states require this, set up your container correctly. Keep your system on concrete or stone pavers that sit securely on a thick layer of pea gravel. This ensures proper drainage and stability.

When you're ready to begin harvesting rainwater, head to your local hardware or gardening store! If you are looking to incorporate this sustainable water-saving solution into a larger backyard resort, give Alderwood Landscaping a call!

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