Summer of 2018 has been great in many respects but not so great for water supply across the UK and Northern Ireland. There is a widespread concern over impending water shortage in many parts of UK and Northern Ireland. United Utilities introduced a hosepipe ban, also called a Temporary Use Ban in an effort to conserve water during the heatwave. United Utilities has put in place a ban across Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire from August 5. The ban is said to effect 7 million people in North-West of England. The ban includes activities such as using a hosepipe to water your garden, cleaning your car, and filling a paddling pool or cleaning windows. There are, however, some exceptions to the ban. According to United Utilities, you can use the hose pipe for health and safety reasons, to water plants grown for commercial use or to fill a pool in which animals are kept. But United Utilities has to be contacted by phone or online by 5pm on August 4 to get the permission. Those who do not oblige will have to pay a fine of up to £1000. NI Water also introduced the ban on June 29 in Northern Ireland. However, the ban in Northern Ireland has been lifted as of July 19 but will be re-introduced if the heatwave continues.
Reducing time in the shower, turning off the tap while brushing teeth, using a dishwasher instead of washing dishes are ways to help reduce the water usage. But all of these steps are temporary and are said to reduce the water usage by only 5-10% which is good but not at all sufficient. There is an urgent need to find a long term solution to deal with the water crisis. Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) could be that long term solution. The ban has now made people realise the importance of harvesting rainwater.
Rain Water Harvesting is the process of storing of rainwater during the monsoon season for the purpose of using it during periods of water scarcity. It is basically collection and storage of rainwater for future human consumption.
Here are some compelling reasons as to why Rainwater Harvesting is important:
1. RWH will ensure that water is reused during the dry season or when there is a drought
2. RWH will ensure that water is stored properly for future use
3. RWH is the best way to ensure that water levels don’t drop further
4. RWH is an easy and economical way to deal with the water crisis
5. RWH can be a permanent solution to our water woes
6. RWH is an ideal solution for industries such as agriculture and farming which are very dependent on rainfall
7. RWH could be an alternative to back up the main water supply especially during dry spells
According to a report by the UK Rainwater Harvesting Association, the practice of rainwater harvesting died away after mains-supplied water was introduced. But due to the depletion of water resources and awareness about usage of water, the demand for rainwater harvesting systems is on the rise. It has become a norm for most commercial and domestic establishments to purchase and install a high-quality and cost effective rainwater harvesting system.
For most commercial and domestic establishments rainwater can be used for basic functions such as flushing toilets, washing clothes, doing the dishes, watering the garden and washing the car. This will help reduce the monthly mains water supply bill. The Government has also introduced Code for Sustainable Homes and the Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme to encourage businesses to install a rainwater harvesting system. Although adoption of rain water harvesting has been quite slow, it is becoming a necessity. So many establishments are now looking to invest in a system because the long term benefits far outweigh higher initial cost and longer payback period. There is also an increased awareness of the positive impact rain water harvesting will have on water supply.
It’s time to start storing rainwater to ensure that we don’t have to face yet another hose pipe ban in the foreseeable future.
Harlequin Rainwater Harvesting Solutions
At Harlequin, we recognise the importance of rainwater harvesting. So we manufacture our very own market-leading rainwater harvesting solutions for sustainable building projects. These are ideal for efficient collection, storage and distribution of rainwater to be used during periods of water scarcity. They can be further customised to suit your requirements.
To find out more about our rainwater harvesting solutions, contact our team on 028 9261 1077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.