Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Use


You may have noticed the rain we’ve been having recently. It’s been the wettest winter since the 1700s, and all this in a country which enjoys far more than its fair share of the wet stuff. Like much of nature, rain can be a blessing and a curse. While we could do without the flooding right now, having a rainwater tank during a storm really could help your business. That’s because rain is a free industrial resource. The cost of buying a cloud’s worth would be astronomical, but out of the sky it comes free of charge to farmers, builders, and steel mill workers.

An inch of rain over a square mile is 17.4 million gallons. Multiply that by your water rates and you can see how valuable all this rain is to someone with crops to grow, or concrete to mix. So is there anything to be learnt from the storms of 2014? Sure. The problem right now is that we’re having too much at once, while I’m sure you’ll be able to remember times when we’ve had nothing at all for months. So, you just need to store it in a way that won’t let the good stuff evaporate. This is why rainwater tanks are so good.

The other issue we’re having right now is flooding, which is when water backs up in the area where the rain collects. That tells you something else useful about rain. Putting a pot out under a cloud won’t collect much, but having a system with a huge surface area will really start to put the litres away. That’s why it’s a good to link up your rainwater tank to your drainpipes and guttering. Then, your roof acts just like a valley does, and catches much more water for the rainwater tank.

The final thing to remember from this year’s unseasonable weather is the role of climate change. More specifically, we’re going through ‘global weirding’. That’s when the weather in a country acts out of character even while the trend is towards a warmer climate. Only in Britain could we get damper while the world heats up. In other words, this is part of a long term trend that you need to prepare for, and climate models have shown that parts of England are still set to get drier. So you need to make rainwater while the sun doesn’t shine.

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