Rainwater Harvesting Earnings & Savings
Domestic Rainwater Harvesting can save 50% to 80% of your mains water cost and typical payback is around year 7 – 10. However this totally depends on factors such as:
- Size of your roof area
- Annual rainfall
- The size of your system
- Your water demand
- Metered water price increase
Commercial systems can achieve a payback in as little as three years owing to larger roof areas and higher water consumption.
Farms can achieve a payback within one to two years!
Calculate your Savings…
The average house can harvest 64,000 litres of rain water a year from their roof…that’s 213 water butts!
The average person uses around 18,000 litres of water per annum just to flush toilets and wash clothes.
How much do you need?
Rainwater harvesting systems can provide water for:
- Flushing Toilets
- Washing Machines
- Dish Washers
- Watering Gardens
- Car Washing
Please note that only Direct Fed Rainwater Harvesting systems can provide water for your washing machine and dishwasher.
Sizing a Rainwater Harvesting System
The volume of collectable rainwater (RWHsize) is equal to:
- your roof area size multiplied
- by the “run off” coefficient multiplied
- by the filter efficiency multiplied
- by the annual rainfall in your area.
The roof area is calculated by the length times the width.
The “run-off” coefficient is the amount of rainwater that hits the roof that can actually be collected.
A coefficient of “0” means no rainwater can be collected; whilst a coefficient of 1 means 100% can be collected.
Typical coefficients are:
- Pitched roof = 0.85
- Flat Roof (smooth surface) = 0.55
- Flat Roof (non-smooth surface) = 0.45
Filter efficiencies are nearly always supplied by the manufacturers. In the absence of a filter efficiency a figure of 0.8 (80%) should be used.
Monthly and Annual rainfall data can be obtained for free from the Met Office. www.metoffice.org.uk
The pitched roof area is 20m x 15m = 300 meters squared
The annual rainfall for the area is 600mm.
Therefore amount of rainfall we can collect is:
300 x 0.85 x 0.80 x 600 = 122,400 litres
122,400 / 1000 = 122.4 meters cubed of storage space as a maximum should be installed