Water is a precious resource. With less rain and increasing temperatures leading to longer fire seasons and more limited water supplies, we need to use water wisely in our Golden State.
Every time it rains, a shocking amount of water falling on roofs, parking lots, streets, and other hard surfaces flows away into storm drains and out towards the ocean. We have built our environments to shed water off, rather than welcome it back into the ground where it belongs.
RAINWATER HARVESTING IS ABOUT
NOT JUST WATER CONSERVATION
By collecting the rainwater before it flows away, we can make it available to our plants and animal neighbors, and help it to infiltrate directly into the soil of our landscapes like it would in nature. This helps regenerate our local groundwater supplies.
DID YOU KNOW...
Between 30-70% of water used at home is used outdoors, depending on climate region.
An average household uses 66,175 gallons of water outdoors per year.
Switching to drip irrigation can reduce your water usage by up to 50%.
Rainwater harvesting utilizes water management strategies to capture a greater quantity of the rain falling on a site. People have been harvesting rainwater for over 4,000 years. It doesn’t have to be complicated –
there are some simple design and landscaping strategies that anyone can use.