Low carbon and energy-saving experts Enevis are urging businesses and homeowners to tap into rainwater harvesting technology to help offset the introduction of above-inflation rises to water bills.
The Dartford-based business, which specialises in renewable energy systems, made the call after water industry regulator Ofwat confirmed that the average household water and sewerage bill is set to rise by 3.5 per cent from April 2013 – taking the average annual cost to £388 for each home.
Richard Jones, National Sales Manager at Enevis, said rainwater harvesting provides an environmentally-friendly and cost-effective way of protecting against this price hike.
“Rainwater harvesting devices collect rain that falls onto roofs, storing it for later use,” he said. “This technology, which can be as simple as a water butt under a down pipe from the guttering, provides water for a variety of uses inside your home or business – from toilets and washing machines to showers and baths.
“This helps to reduce mains water consumption and, by association, water bills for all investors; from small-scale domestic users to multinational companies. Those with large roof catchment areas or space for above or underground tanks can enjoy substantial cost and environmental savings.”
Key benefits of rainwater harvesting:
- Saves mains water and sewage charges
- Long storage periods of treated water
- Little space requirements due to compact systems
- Adaptable to most types of building
- No use of chemicals
- Enhanced Capital Allowance applicable
To find out more about Enevis, visit www.enevis.co.uk.