Saving Money With a CisternBy John Davis - July 11, 2016
Being friendly to the environment doesn’t necessarily mean living uncomfortably. There are so many ways you can benefit from natural resources without inconveniencing yourself. A cistern does just that. It uses an abundant resource (water) and gives you the chance to use it to your benefit.
What is a Water Cistern?
A cistern is essentially a big tank that collects rainwater from a hard surface- usually your roof. You may be more familiar with a rain barrel; a cistern is a larger version of a rain barrel.
Cisterns are installed above or below the ground and can come in almost any shape and size. Large cisterns have the capacity to hold thousands of gallons of water, a feat that comes in handy in rainy climates.
The water collected by the cistern doesn’t just sit there. You can use it to water your garden, wash your dishes or even to drink.
How Does It Works?
Cisterns are an old, simple technology. There are a series of gutters and spouts that channel water from a hard surface into the cistern. Leaves and other debris are free to travel through the system too; that’s why a screen is used as a filter at the entrance of the cistern. It keeps out leaves and other unwanted objects, leaving the water pure.
Once the water is collected, the water can be pumped out by either gravity or a pump. You can use pipes to connect the cistern to your home or garden. With a pump, you get higher water pressure that’s ideal for using water in your home. To water your garden, you can connect a hose bib to the cistern and then connect any hose.
If you’re using rainwater as a source of water to use inside your home, things are slightly more complicated as you need to purify the water before using it. A filter system gets the job done. You can get different types of filters depending on how you plan on using the water. The most efficient filters can purify rainwater enough to make it drinkable.
Even the largest of cisterns is only so big. A cistern has the potential to overflow, so they are built with an overflow pipe. This pipe takes the extra water to a place that won’t cause flooding. Or, you can lead the excess water through your yard and use it to water your plants.
Benefits of Using A Cistern
Having a cistern has more benefits than you might think.
1. Save Money
Using rainwater for your home or garden (or both!) can drastically cut your water bill. If you live in an area of high rainfall, you might even be able to solely rely on the cistern for all of your water needs.
Some municipalities even offer rebates for using cisterns. In (Palo Alto), you get 15 cents for every gallon that can be held in your cistern. Rebates in your town may be even higher than this, saving you handfuls of cash every year.
2. Conserve Your Resources
Safe drinking water is a limited resource, and the demand for it is increasing. Water from reservoirs is often wasted, making water scarce. Instead of letting rain water go to waste, you can use it to meet your water needs.
3. Glorious Gardens
Using rainwater for your garden can benefit your plants. Rain water is considered to be better than tap water for gardens. The (acidity of the water) https://www.bluebarrelsystems.com/blog/rainwater-for-garden/ is better for plants and the water isn’t loaded with chemicals. Your gardens may grow to new heights with rain water.
Whether you’re looking to do your part to conserve resources or merely want to save some money, a cistern is a good option. You can enjoy a rainy day a little more knowing that the rain will be put to good use.
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