Stand Alone Rainwater Harvesting System
Rainwater Harvesting is not just about ROI
by RainSaucers Inc. on November 19th, 2013

As we discussed in a post  we made in June of 2010, the ROI (return on investment) of rainwater collection will continue to improve, as municipalities raise their water rates. So while the ROI of a rain barrel still may be low,  at least it's an increasingly positive number. In other words, you'll always break even on your investment but with some luck and time you will eventually see the savings on your water bill.

However in the three years since we last wrote about this topic, we have seen customers purchase our system (and others) for a wide range of reasons worth mentioning that go well beyond ROI. These include:
- Water Security. Knowing that  if something were to happen to the local water company a backup source of water would be readily available.
- Water Quality. Gardeners and homesteaders especially appreciate the softness of rainwater. Soft water is healthier for plants (no chemicals like chlorine) and also results in streak free dishes and laundry that is soft with out a fabric softener.
- Drought preparation. When a drought is severe, there may be restrictions placed on the watering of plants in the landscape. But not for residents using harvested rainwater. So a rain barrel acts a hedge against drought restrictions.
- Stormwater reduction. Every gallon that ends up in a rain barrel  is a gallon (assuming collection from or above an impervious surface) that doesn't flow to the nearest river and cause pollution as it brings street contaminants along with it.
- Education. RBs teach kids about the water cycle through the fun of dispensing rainwater and watering plants. 

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