Q) What can I use collected rainwater for?
Most any non-potable use such as lawn and garden watering and irrigation, and vehicle and power washing is a good use for rainwater. It is anticipated that early in 2009 Georgia will allow rainwater back into your building to fill toilets and wash clothes and dishes as well.

Q) Will I be able to water whenever I need, or will I still be subject to restrictions?
Once you install a rainwater harvesting system, you no longer are subject to the watering restrictions. However, you are required to display a sign that indicates you are watering from an alternate source. Green Water Systems can provide that sign when we install our tanks and barrels.

Q) How do I know what size system I need?
Storage requirements depend on use, but one inch of rain on a 1000 sq. ft. roof produces almost 600 gallons of water. We suggest you contact us for our free Irrigation Audit, which will determine the amount of water your plants, shrubs and ornamental trees need. We will also provide the free Rain Capture Assessment which will tell you how much water you could be potentially capturing with a rain tank.

Q) How much does a system cost?
Costs vary greatly depending on need and location. The best way to estimate your costs is to allow us to conduct a free Irrigation Audit, to determine how much water you need currently, and a no cost Rain Capture Assessment to calculate how much water you could reasonable capture off your roof. With that information, we can estimate the cost of a system.

Q) How do you keep debris from entering the tank?
There are several options to filtering the water off the roof before it reaches your tank. Downspout filters can be employed to remove large debris like leaves or twigs. Smaller particles, like roof gravel from shingles can be filtered out with a first flush diverter and tank inlet filter basket. We’ll be happy to show you these methods and discuss them when we come out for your free estimate.

Q) Can animals or children get into the tank?
At Green Water Systems, we only use purpose built tanks with sealed lids, so the risk of a child getting inside is eliminated. Animals are kept out by using valves and traps in the plumbing to keep them from reaching the tank. A Green Water Systems representative can review all of our safety features when they conduct your free estimate.

Q) Do I need to decommission the system in the winter?
Some components of the system require winterization to protect from damage. Just minutes each season will keep your system in good shape.

Q) What sort of maintenance is required for these systems?
Periodic cleaning of the filtering device and material is necessary. Inspection and maintenance should be performed at least twice annually. Pumps installed on our systems typically require minimal maintenance, and we are glad to assist when that maintenance is required.

Q) Are any types of permits required for the installation of the system?
Requirements may vary by jurisdiction, but generally, no. Usually, the biggest hurdle is the HOA, but as we always say, “wouldn’t you rather have a pretty, lush, green landscape with a tank out of sight behind the house than a brown landscape with no tank?” As the homeowner, you would be responsible for approvals, but we would be there to help in any way we can.

Q) What about mosquitoes in the tanks?
They can be easily controlled with the use of over the counter mosquito “donuts” available at all hardware stores and most landscape supply stores.

Q) How much water can harvesting save?
Outdoor water use varies widely, primarily based on usage type or irrigation watering patterns. Coupled with a drip watering system, plants can thrive on minimal water. We suggest you contact us for our free Irrigation Audit, which will determine the amount of water your plants, shrubs and ornamental trees need. We will also provide the free Rain Capture Assessment which will tell you how much water you could be potentially capturing with a rain tank. Even if watering is allowed, why pay for the water when it falls free from the sky? Think of your rain tank as your own personal dam! You’ll have a reservoir of rainwater to use whenever you (or your landscape) will need it!

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