If you collect rainwater and use it for domestic applications – such as toilets, washing clothes, cleaning the house and spraying the garden – you can save up to sixty percent on your water bill. Rainwater wells collect this water for you to use. Determining which well is ideal for your situation depends on a number of parameters. In this article, explore a couple of the most important parameters.
Before someone decides to install a rainwater well, they need to determine their budget. There are concrete and plastic wells; a concrete well costs, on average, 33% less than a plastic well. The cost is largely due to production factors: the materials the factory uses as well as the production process itself. However, plastic wells are more sustainable than concrete ones. Which is not to say that concrete wells are not high quality, they simply need replacement more often than plastic ones.
Once the budget has determined, the next decision that has to be made is regarding the logistics. A concrete rainwater well is much heavier than a plastic one. So heavy equipment and more space is needed to install a concrete well. The consequence? Concrete wells are mainly placed in new construction projects or in projects where the well is placed in front of the house. Do you want a rainwater well next to or behind your house? Then – except for a new construction project – you are dependent on a plastic well.
What You Want To Install
So, you know your budget, you have figured out the logistic aspect, so now it’s time to focus on the installation. If you go for an underground rainwater well, you can choose between a concrete or plastic well. If you want an above-ground rainwater well, you only have one option: a plastic well, because a concrete well is always placed underground.
The Volume You Need
The next parameter that needs some thought is volume. Volume is also an important parameter in your choice. A concrete well has a minimum volume of 2000 liters and a maximum volume of 20,000 liters. Do you need a rainwater well with a smaller or larger volume? Then you will have to choose for a plastic well. The plastic version of the rainwater well also exists in less bulky designs. In addition, you can link them together in a battery setup to create the desired volume. It is recommended to pay attention if it comes to volume. The ideal volume of your rainwater well depends on your roof surface, the number of members of your family, and the applications for which you want to use the collected rainwater.
Your Built-In Depth
In contrast to a concrete well, a plastic well is equipped with a telescopic shaft. As a result, you are not held to a certain installation depth with a plastic rainwater well. You simply extend the telescopic shaft to the perfect height when your well is placed. Do you want to achieve the same with a concrete rainwater well? Then you need attachments. And that means the price for your well is going up. If it fits in your budget, go ahead. Otherwise it is recommended to go for the plastic version of the rainwater well.