Collecting rainwater seems like a weird thing to do at first, but there are numerous benefits for you and your community. There are many reasons you should start capturing rainwater, and hopefully, they can convince you to start soon instead of waiting and not enjoying the many benefits they provide.
You Always Have Access to Water
Access to water has always seemed like a given, but many systems today rely on electric pumps and can very quickly fail, cutting you off to one of life's most essential resources. If you start capturing rainwater, you will always have access to it in the worst-case scenarios. You can convert it into drinkable water and water for flushing, bathing, etc.
It Reduces Runoff
The sewer systems in many cities today are inundated with extreme amounts of water. Because of urban development, there are fewer natural ways for the earth to reabsorb the water. Instead, it flows to sewers into water treatment plants, but sometimes the plants can just dump it back into rivers and lakes. However, before it reaches these points, it picks up plenty of animal feces, oil, garbage, fertilizers, etc. By capturing rainwater, you reduce that impact. It may not be by a lot, but it can help, and you can direct that water to better areas, such as your garden.
Lower Utility Bills
Another great benefit of harvesting rainwater is lowering your overall utility bill. As mentioned previously, you can use this rainwater when power outages cut off your access to water, but you can also use it when you do have access to water. In addition, by using your own collected rainwater, you will use less energy for water pumping and treatment. A rainwater system could also qualify you for tax incentives.
If you collect rainwater, you can also control its release on your property. You will not be able to collect all the rain that falls on your property, but you can collect a lot of it and reduce the potential damage rainwater can bring. Rain can cause a lot of property flooding and erode the quality of your soil, but by collecting it, you can release it on your property when it won't cause as much damage to your home.
If you want to start harvesting your rainwater, you will need a reservoir liner. They will keep everything safe and prevent it from leaking and drowning your property.
This was a brief overview of why you should start capturing rainwater, and hopefully, you will start soon so you can lower your bills and protect your property.