Water is a Precious Commodity. Are there Alternatives to Relying Solely on Water from Our Reservoirs?
Greywater, Bore Holes and More
The utilisation of alternative water sources is becoming more prevalent as many domestic and commercial properties look for cheaper ways to source water. At the same time, many are looking to reduce water consumption and cut down on costs.
Alternative sources of water are those which fall outside the remit of the traditional supply of water from reservoirs which is filtered and purified before being distributed by various utility companies up and down the country. Alternative sources can include bore holes and rivers and also encompasses the growing trend of recycling and reusing water. Essentially, the term relates to looking at other ways of tapping into water reserves and the collection and redistributing of water supplies. The most common alternative water systems are bore holes, greywater treatment and rainwater harvesting.
Water which derives from alternative sources is often destined for use in industrial settings where the quality matters less than if it was for human consumption. This relieves the pressure on the treated water which is pumped into millions residential properties and businesses where high water standards are essential.
A bore hole is simply a hole which is drilled deep into the ground to reach water reserves. The water is then pumped out of the ground and from here a pipe system can be employed in order to carry the supply to wherever it is required. Permission to drill a bore hole is required from environmental agencies before the work is carried out and bore holes are also subject to licensing agreements from local authorities. If the supply is to be used for domestic purposes, then the water will need to be tested to ascertain its suitability for this.
Greywater refers to used water which leaves homes and businesses and is essentially waste water. Water generally exits properties from kitchens and bathrooms, but whereas water which has been used to flush toilets is not collected for re-treatment, water from sinks, baths and showers is.
Rainwater harvesting consists of collecting rainwater and storing it in large tanks for future use. Water butts are a popular domestic arrangement where rainwater is stored in a large cylinder outside and then used for watering gardens. However, left untreated, this water is likely to contain bacteria and other environmental pollutants, so its use is limited. Greywater, rainwater and water from bore holes are all contaminated to some degree by environmental and atmospheric pollutants, so care must be taken when water from these sources is used. This concern is applicable to many other alternative water sources too.
Of course rainwater harvesting relies solely on rainfall and without significant rain often, supplies will diminish very quickly. Many alternative water sources also face the long term threat and real possibility of running out. For this reason, a mains water supply is often ready as a backup system.
Without water we would not be able flush toilets, wash or use domestic appliances. We also rely heavily on water for drinking and although alternative water sources are useful in many settings, the stringent standards to which drinking water must comply renders many sources unsuitable for this purpose. Luckily the majority of homes and businesses have plentiful supplies of fresh drinking water. Angel Springs provides the perfect solution to cool, fresh water on tap.