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How much rainwater can your facility collect?
Charlotte, NC typically receives 44 inches
of rain each year. By capturing the runoff
from a roof of 2,500 square feet, a company could gain 61,798 gallons of water each year.
Collecting rainwater minimizes your dependency on municipal water.
You can go green by harvesting rainwater. And you can increase your bottom line while being environmentally active. While there's a growing emphasis on lessening environmental impact in commercial and government buildings, capturing rainwater is not a new concept; cisterns have been around for centuries. Your business can project an environmentally-responsible image with a rainwater collection system. It makes sense to harvest rainwater, both financially and environmentally.
Rainfall is largely lost as runoff to streams, rivers, lakes
and oceans. Harvested, or contained, rainwater allows
businesses to utilize additional water when municipal
water restrictions are implemented.
Typical uses for harvested water include:
- Landscape irrigation
- Restroom water supply, laundry facilities
- Cooling tower make-up water (evaporative systems)
- Outdoor non-potable use
- Fire protection
- Drinking water
Water can be collected from these sources:
- Roof water runoff
- Site runoff, terraces, hardscape
- Athletic fields
- HVAC condensation
- Parking lots and driveways
In some areas, rainwater may represent the primary
source of water. Collected rainwater can augment
primary water sources and is a good standby in
emergency situations such as droughts or when
the well goes dry.
Tew Equipment is a distributor of Wahaso Water Harvesting Solutions, Xerxes, Assman Polyethylene Tanks, Oldcastle, and Rainharvest containment systems. Tanks are available in carbon steel, fiberglass, polyethylene or concrete and can be installed aboveground or underground.
Xerxes equipment qualifies for points under the U.S. Green Building Council's sustainable energy and water conservation LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) programs.