Saving water to save you money

Why Collect Rain?

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You likely don’t notice it, but Municipal water has a significant cost.  Some get a water bill, and some see it rolled into their hydro bill.  Either way the town is billing you for your water.

Water in, water out

It is obvious that the town bills you for the water that you use, from the supply.  Did you know that there is an equal amount billed for water returned to the system via the sewers?  If your meter shows that you used 50 gallons of water, you are billed for 100 gallons because that 50 gallons goes back into the system somehow.  Don’t forget about basic service charges as well.

The Hard Facts

Avg. Home Use:  12,700 cu. ft./yr

Means:  95,002.6 Gallons

Avg. Cost: $836.00/year/home

(Based on 2007 water rates, billing for use, sewer and service fees.  Canadian funds.)

1 Inch rain = 623 gallons water

(Based on 1000 square foot roof.  We can calculate your total roof yield and how much each downspout will yield)

Avg. Rainfall: 1.56 inches/month

Avg. Yield:  971.76 Gallons/month

Avg. worth of Yield:  $21.75/mo.

(Based on 1000 square foot roof.  Based on data collected from Environment Canada for the period of April-October 2007)

Green Lawn Needs:  1 inch/week

Gardens Needs:  2 inches/week

Translates to: 2491 Gallons/mo

Cost from Town: $21.90/month

Cost of Summer water: $155

(Based on 1000 square foot watering area, current water rates, season of April-October, and watering each month.)

A Supplemental System

When it rains, our gardens and lawns get watered nicely.  Collecting rain stores up extra water for those dry times.  You can then have water to hold you over until the next rain fall.  It is a continuous system of supplement and sustenance.

Other things to know

Fines during ban:  $5000

Outdoor Water use accounts for over 60% of Domestic Water use

You know how it goes.  Late Spring the notices go out that water restrictions are in effect.  In the heat of the summer it becomes a water ban.  Why?  The current supply of water can’t meet the demand in these hot months.

Running out is expensive

When under water restrictions, homeowners are under strict rules about when and how much they can water.  These rules usually don’t allow for the minimum watering needs of plants to be met.  The cost?  Lawns go brown and flowers die out.  Lawns can hold up well, but the investment into your flowers will not.

If you’re going to be a rogue waterer this summer, keep in mind that you could face a hefty fine during water restrictions.  A fine that, on average, is worth the cost of 5 years of annual water use for one household.

Rain water itself has many benefits.  The ability to collect it provides more.

The answer is in the clouds

Rain water does more than water our lawns and gardens.  Just by its very nature of being unprocessed, very soft water, it is the best kind of water for plant life. 

Rain is what replenishes the earth’s natural ground water supply.  That is, if it is allowed to go back into the ground.  In today’s “pavement paradise” most of the rain water runs back into the storm sewers and does not make it to the ground water supply.

Why Collect it?

When you collect rain water you are capturing the water that would otherwise be wasted.  You are diverting rain water for meaningful use.  Simple idea, right?  Yes, we thought so too.

Did you know that in just 1 inch of rainfall on a typical roof (about 1000 square feet) you can collect just over 600 gallons of water?  Oh, so that we are talking “apples to apples”, we’re using  Imperial measurements to keep in line with the Utility Companies that still typically bill by the cubic foot.

That is 600 gallons more free water that you will not pay for.  It’s more water that does not have to be treated by the utility provider.  That means less strain on the water systems.

No, not the water.  How does it all add up?  Still need some more reasons to collect rain?

Just the Facts

Please consult the list of facts on the left as they pertain to water use and rain collection.  We have done our best to crunch out the hard facts to show you that your water use really does cost money.  Rain is free.  It is.  Why not collect enough of this zero cost-per-use resource and have a little extra money in your pocket this year?

Collection means Preservation

As we mentioned, most rain water just runs off into the storm sewers, and does not go back into the ground water systems.  This messes with the natural cycle of things.  Running out of water does that too.

Collecting rain water will allow you to preserve our environment.  The water that you gather will not be wasted and used more effectively.  Hey!  It also relieves our ever growing demand on the water supplies of our towns.  Let’s keep that for drinking water, and harness a free natural resource to take care of the rest.

This is certainly one resource that won’t be depleted like other ones we use today.

If everyone collected rain, water bans may become a thing of the past.

Collected rain water is FREE.  You are not getting billed for what you use.  You are also saving money on the sewage charges.

Did you know that some countries have imposed rain collection as law?  Countries like Australia and the UK have put rain collection into the mainstream.  So much so, that they have systems for collecting enough water to flush toilets and to wash with.

Check it out online.  There is lots to read about.  It’s a global movement that makes sense.