Water Wise Landscape Solutions
Sustainable solutions for South Florida gardens and landscapes
Reasons to collect Rain Water
Rainwater is the purest form of water available.
Rainwater comes naturally filtered from the sky and is considered ‘soft’ – free of salts, minerals and chemicals – unlike municipal and well water which contain additives and are considered ‘hard’. Additives can be deposited into the soil disrupting the mineral-nutrient balance. They can also be difficult to remove. Rainwater is also slightly acidic which most vegetables prefer. Plants love healthy soil.
We all need to lessen our dependence on municipal water.
50% of potable water in South Florida is used for landscape irrigation. Rainwater collection and reuse, along with Florida-Friendly landscape design, can have a very significant impact on both the current and future availability of our drinking water.
Reduce storm water runoff and pollution.
Excess rain water that lands on our yards and roofs is often channeled into our streets where it picks up contaminants and ends up in our canals, streams, lakes and oceans where it can have a very detrimental effect on living organisms and aquatic habitats. Additionally, by slowing down runoff, rain water is able to naturally filter through the earth and cleanly recharge our aquifers.
Best of all, its FREE!. Once a rainwater collection system is installed on your property, it will continue to provide pure water as long as it continues to rain.
Some Interesting Facts
A rain barrel is an inexpensive means of capturing and storing some of this water for later use in irrigating and watering home gardens with high quality water for fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants.
Average Annual Sunshine For Florida (Hours)
Inch Of Rainfall Over A 1000sq.Ft. Area Yields In Excess Of 600 Gallons Of Water
Average Rainfall Per Year In Florida (Inches)
The Average Cost Of A Complete Rain Garden Installation (In USD $)