How You Could Benefit From Business Rainwater Harvesting
Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting and the storing rainwater that falls on your property. It can be as simple as redirecting water from your gutters into a large drum for later use or involve a sophisticated system of underground storage and filtration.
Why Collect Rainwater?
The UK has seen an increase in water mains restrictions and usage rates during summer months in recent years. Business rainwater harvesting can help reduce your reliance on mains water.
Thousands of litres of water may be going down the drain on your property each year that could be put to better use. It doesn’t make sense to use drinking water to flush toilets and water plants when rainwater offers a perfectly good alternative, does it?
Rainwater collection is a feasible option for most types of businesses including offices, hospitals, retail parks, leisure centres, and others.
What Are the Benefits?
Today’s customers are more environmentally savvy than ever, and often demand better environmental practices from the companies they deal with. Rainwater harvesting is a simple way to reduce your environmental impact and set your business apart. It can reduce your water usage by as much as 40%.
Any signs that your business cares about the environment may help to set yourself apart from the competition in the eyes of your customers. Business rainwater harvesting is a good step toward BREEAM certification, which will show clients that you are serious about sustainability, and can also help toward getting planning permission on new builds.
It’s not just the environment that will benefit if you harvest rainwater. It can also save your company money. Finding solutions to reduce water usage is becoming more and more important as retail prices continue to increase, affecting your business’s bottom line. Rainwater harvesting systems are easy to install and maintain, plus they are extremely cost effective. Depending on the size of your business, you may save thousands of pounds each year on your water bill.
How Does It Work?
A business rainwater harvesting system will look similar for most sites. Rainwater is collected from your roof area and deposited into an underground storage tank. Initial filtration removes leaves and other debris as it enters the tank. Water is then pumped from the tank on-demand through a second stage of filtration into a combi control unit for a final stage of filtration. The water is then stored in an internal buffer tank until needed. When rainwater is not available, mains water fills the buffer tank automatically to ensure water is always stored. An optional UV disinfection unit is available to kill bacteria for additional peace of mind, depending what water systems you plan to incorporate your rainwater into.
Start Saving Water Today
H2O partners with the UK market leader in rainwater harvesting systems, Stormsaver, which has been providing water solutions since 2003. They work on large projects such as supermarkets, factories and schools, as well as smaller single property installations.
Stormsaver’s water harvesting system is accredited for use with the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme. Using the ECA, you can offset up to 100% of the taxable cost of having a water harvesting system installed against your tax bill at the end of the year. Their system pays for itself in a short time, and larger sites tend to enjoy a quicker return on the investment.
Our water harvesting systems can be customised to meet your specific requirements, and come in a wide range of options and sizes. They are quick and easy to install, meaning you can start collecting water quickly. With us, you will be getting the complete solution from one supplier including specification, manufacture, commissioning, servicing, and maintenance.
Harvested water is versatile and can be used in many systems within your business including toilet flushing, irrigation, vehicle washing, urinal usage, cooling, fire sprinkler systems, laundry, and more. Join other world-class organisations like the Millennium Dome and Museum of London who are committed to sustainability through the use of rainwater harvesting systems, and give H2O a call today.