It was recently been reported that South Africa, with half the global average rainfall, will run out of water as soon as 2015. Specialist estimate that South Africa will be short of 3-billion cubic meters of water by 2030 which amounts to 17% of expected demand.
As water resources decline and water quality and reliability of supply become suspect, more and more people and companies are looking at alternative sources of supply.
Most municipalities have a two tier billing system for water. As a user you are billed for the water that you consume or use and then you are billed for the water that you discharge into the sewer system after it has been used. Most municipalities work on the assumption that 75% of the water used by a household is discharged into the sewer system.
Our company provides professional design and consulting services to its clients. This includes the development of engineering and architectural solutions for companies looking for specialized rainwater and storm-water management system design capabilities.
The calculation is relatively simple. All you need to know is the surface area of your house in square meters - not the roof’s surface area but the floor surface area. Generally it would be expressed in square meters. Secondly you need a rainwater meter to tell you how much rain fell during a particular rainstorm. Generally is expressed in milliliters of rain.
Rainwater harvesting offers an affordable, simple, sustainable, and reliable alternative water source. Not only does rainwater harvesting supply water for indoor and outdoor use, it protects the environment from detrimental non-point source pollution by reducing rooftop runoff.
The water supply in South Africa today is very different than it was 100, 50, or even 25 years ago.