Rainwater collection is the system needed to be ready to capture the rainwater as it falls from the sky and comes into contact with the roof and a conveyance system (gutters) before being directed into a tank. It NEVER comes into contact with the ground and thus this water can then be used for numerous purposes including – Irrigation and watering crops, watering livestock, home gardens and flower beds, if filtered and treated it can be used for domestic purposes as well. Not drinking water, however.
Stormwater runoff is different in that it is rain falling from the sky and coming into contact with impermeable surfaces such as cement and asphalt, and then as it flows carrying with it all the oils, chemicals, and substances both organic and inorganic found upon the ground. That water then goes into storm drains and swales or ditches and if funneled into rivers and either directly or eventually into the ocean or larger body of water. Stormwater detention and retention have become a major focus as finding ways to use the water productively is much better both economically as well as environmentally than allowing the runoff with all its debris to merge with rivers, streams and lakes thus creating a pollution-related event.
To give you an idea of the massive number of gallons that could potentially be stored let’s do some math. This simple calculation that will allow anyone to calculate the amount of water potentially available and then the size of the tank that would be appropriate to store it. Of course, our experienced staff can also provide you the same information and simplify the entire process. Here are the numbers: 1 inch of rain on 1000 square feet of roof generates 600 gallons of water. Using those numbers you can get a gallon amount of rainfall to be captured based on annual rainfall numbers:
A 2000 square foot roof – 10 inches of annual rainfall – 12,000 gallons
(roof square footage is equal to the floor plan for calculation purposes)
Now a large industrial complex with 100,000 square feet of roof space and generate 600,000 gallons of water.
The numbers add up… and whether you are repurposing that water for irrigation, landscaping, internal plumbing for toilets or cooling towers the savings can be great. SteelCore can provide the homeowner or business large or small with a tank or tanks that will help you make the most out of your rainwater or stormwater harvesting efforts.
SteelCore Tank is the premier manufacture of rainwater and stormwater storage tanks in the Western US and through a well-trained dealer network provides water storage tanks all over the world. Our manufacturing process ensures that your bolted steel rain harvesting tank will provide years of services and save lots of money in the process by using whatever rainfall occurs each year. Our customer support and sales personnel are well trained and available to discuss solutions to your water problems, contact us and we will always take the time to “listen” to your needs and find a solution that is tailored to your problem.