Farmers harness the power of rainwater and reduce reliance mains water.
It is often said that the most important natural resources for farming are water, air and soil. Quite rightly, much attention has focussed on soil, being a farmer’s most valuable natural resource. However, the challenge of mains water shortages for farms looms on the horizon and farms need to adapt and take action to mitigate against future mains water scarcity.
“Rainwater is a natural resource that costs nothing but holds immense value, and one of the most promising and eco-conscious methods for farms to reduce their environmental impact is harvesting rainwater.’ said Roger Labett, Business Development Manager for Enduramaxx, the UK’s leading manufacturer of rotationally moulded, plastic rainwater harvesting tanks, ‘Why rely on expensive and chemically treated mains water when nature provides a bountiful source of fresh, untreated water from the skies?”
Rainwater harvesting brings a multitude of benefits to farmers:
Reduce carbon footprint
By harvesting rainwater, farms can reduce their reliance on chemically treated mains water. This indirectly contributes to a lower carbon footprint, as the energy intensive water treatment process generates significant carbon emissions. Rainwater harvesting reduces both the treatment process’s environmental impact as well as the emissions generated.
Reduce water bills
Rainwater harvesting systems are a one-time investment that can yield long-term financial benefits, as farms will save money on water bills and associated sewage costs that are linked to mains water usage.
Reduce the use of additives and conditioners
Naturally occurring rainwater is soft, has a neutral pH and lacks the mineral content typically found in mains water. Using soft rainwater in sprayers will help to prevent nozzles from clogging up and the need for chemical softening additives and conditioners. This is particularly significant as hard water can diminish the efficacy of certain herbicides, like Glyphosate.
Reduce the strain on mains water
Rainwater harvesting alleviates the pressure on mains water sources. By using rainwater instead of mains water, farms can decrease the strain on local water sources and indirectly reduce their own carbon footprint, contributing to the overall sustainability of farming operations, whilst helping to protect the environment for future generations.
Reduce reliance on mains water
Treated rainwater serves as an excellent source of drinking water for livestock. This ensures that even during dry spells, livestock have access to a reliable source of water, promoting animal welfare.
Reduce localised flooding
Capturing rainwater will also help to keep farm yards cleaner and less muddy. Moreover, they ease the strain on stormwater systems during heavy downpours, reducing the risk of localised flooding.
Enhance environmental footprint
Rainwater harvesting showcases a farmer’s commitment to sustainable practices, it is more than just eco-friendly; its smart, efficient and beneficial to your farm, machinery and livestock and, we expect that in the future, regulatory compliance. By visibly demonstrating a commitment to sustainability farms will enhance their reputation and marketability.
If you are keen to make a positive impact on the environment while reaping the practical benefits of rainwater harvesting you’re on the right path. Transitioning to rainwater harvesting not only benefits your farm but also contributes to a more sustainable and resilient agricultural sector.
Enduramaxx offers a range of tanks in various shapes and sizes to suit your farm’s specific needs. Tanks can be linked in series to expand capacity e.g 4 x 30,000L tanks gives 120,000L storage capacity.
To learn more about how rainwater harvesting can benefit your farm, please contact Enduramaxx directly 01778 309847 or get in touch with your farm buying group or agricultural dealer. Alternatively, Enduramaxx can connect you with an approved installer in your area.
How big a rainwater harvesting tank do I need?
To determine the appropriate system for your requirements, Enduramaxx have a handy tank size calculator on their website (use QR code attached) (https://enduramaxx.co.uk/rainwater-calculator-water-catchment-calculator/) Alternatively,
Roof area (footprint) m2 x annual rainfall in m3.
Assume annual rainfall is 0.65m3 (650ml) and shed roof catchment area is 450m2 (e.g.15m x 30m)
450m2 x 650ml = 292.5 (m3), divided by 12 = 24.375 or 24,375 litres per month average.
Enduramaxx recommend storing an average of two to three months’ worth of rainfall (bear in mind you may get three months’ worth in your wettest month) and so, in the above example would recommend 3 x 25,000L tanks linked together in series.