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Unique Applications for Rainwater Harvesting

With the rise of sustainable business practices and the growing emphasis on renewables, there is a continuing need for the expansion of rainwater harvesting in both commercial and industrial applications. New technologies and processes have made it easier than ever to implement sustainable rainwater harvesting practices across a number of different industries. In this article, we look at a few unique applications of rainwater harvesting across a diverse group of industries to show how each of them uses stormwater system design to positively impact both their community and their business's bottom line. From sustainable parks to container homes and water amusement parks, keep reading to learn about unique industry applications for rainwater harvesting.

Rainwater Usage for Sustainable Parks

Local municipalities, state governments and federal bureaus like the Department of Conservation are working in tandem with civil engineers and architects to create sustainable parks and green spaces in towns and urban centers. These stormwater parks combine water conservation and stormwater management efforts with accessible parks and recreational areas for community members. Water conservation parks combine elements of flood mitigation and recreational amenities like playgrounds, hiking trails, botanical gardens and fishing ponds.

Stormwater designs that integrate park elements are concerned foremost with protecting watersheds and wildlife while mitigating flood risk and water pollution. Incorporating public-use spaces into water conservation parks is often referred to as integrated water management and is associated with concepts of green infrastructure. Rainwater harvesting creates ecological green zones in cities that are sustained through reclaimed water initiatives.

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Rainwater Harvesting for Shipping Container Homes

Container homes have exploded in popularity in the past decade. Due to their availability, durability, customization and transportability, shipping container homes have become an affordable choice for individuals who desire modularity, customization and flexibility in their housing.

The proliferation of rainwater harvesting technologies has aided their rise in popularity by providing water resources outside the bounds of conventional in-home plumbing. Because of their portability, affordability and ease of installation, rainwater harvesting systems allow for container homes to be built in areas that exist off of city water grids. Utilizing rooftop catchments and storage systems, a gravity feed system provides adequate water supplies for a bathroom inside shipping container homes without the need for electricity. Proper filtration would give showers and sinks a ready supply of potable water. With enough rainfall and storage capacity, you would even have water for sustainable farming practices. Similarly, Rainwater Management Solutions has rainwater harvesting solutions for tiny homes, which fits shipping container homes perfectly.

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Stormwater Management for Water Amusement Parks

Water and amusement parks often go hand in hand. An average-sized water amusement park can use as much as 150,000 gallons of water every day during operation. While it would be difficult to impossible to create a fully sustainable park design, efforts are being made to introduce rainwater harvesting and water reclamation practices to current and future water amusement parks to mitigate such high demand.

Rainwater harvesting can be leveraged to ease demand on city water grids by creating reservoirs for water amusement parks to draw from. Non-potable water can be collected and stored for future use in gardening, sanitation and waste management applications. Similar practices can be applied through water reclamation on park rides, preventing extensive water waste through proper backwashing and filtration.

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Industries Benefit From Stormwater System Design

All of these industries offer unique perspectives on how rainwater harvesting can be integrated into sustainable practices. While green infrastructure becomes a priority for civil planning, understanding the environmental benefits of parks that combine stormwater system design with public use interests will be paramount. As long as housing continues to be a primary concern, rainwater usage for modern residential designs like container homes will only increase. And as we grapple with the environmental impact of leisure activities like water amusement parks, creating and implementing sustainable park design will be a priority.

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Our team at RMS has decades of experience developing rainwater harvesting and stormwater management systems for a diverse range of industrial applications. Our designers and engineers work with companies to develop rainwater harvesting projects at the scale needed to meet their needs. Learn more about our work experience by reading our case studies. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can get you started on the path to more sustainable business solutions.

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