The future in paving systems is here.
After exhibiting our solutions at the Grand Designs show in Birmingham with permeable paving, we were invited back to show our water harvesting systems. This exciting new development means that water drains through the driveway where it falls and does not run off into the already saturated gardens or into the drains. This relieves stress on our overloaded drainage systems and also aids our rivers, lakes and canals by reducing the run off that they must absorb.
Our system also lets you collect and recycle the rain water that falls for free.
We have done a many installations from residential to more exotic work.
A highlight for us was installing Indian Sand Stone paving on the film set for Captain America, carrying out the work at Pinewood studios.
We treat every installation and client with the same respect and we install all our driveways to the highest of standards.
We come with over three decades worth of recommendations.
For more information please contact one of our paving specialists on 0845-121-7175.
Alternative/Renewable Energy Solutions – Rainwater Harvesting Products
We have found a very simple and inexpensive way of recycling your rainwater from under your new permeable driveway. We install a tanking layer under your sub-base, which catches the water falling onto your driveway. From there, it runs it into a sump and then is pumped up through a tap and you can use it for washing your car or even watering your plants! You can use this source of water even when there’s a hose pipe ban and it keeps your water meter from going wild! You can save up to 50% on your water usage by using a harvesting system. it won’t take long for you to get your money back!
Rainwater Harvesting – what it involves
Rainwater Harvesting is the collection of water that would otherwise have gone down the drain, into the ground or been lost through evaporation. Large surfaces such as roofs or driveways are ideal for rainwater harvesting and can provide up to 100m3 (100,000 litres) of water per year from a medium sized area. This water can be used to flush toilets, water gardens and even feed the washing machine. Rainwater harvesting systems can be installed in both new and existing buildings, and the harvested water used for purposes that do not require drinking water quality. Rainwater harvesting has the potential to save a large volume of mains water and therefore help reduce the pressure on water resources.
Is it for me?
Before deciding whether or not to install a system for home or work, we will discuss with you the costs of buying, installing and maintaining the system and the benefits you’ll receive. This will include calculating the volume of rainfall that can be collected from roof areas or driveways to see whether rainwater harvesting can meet your requirements.
Working out the potential water and cost savings.
How does it work?
A typical rainwater harvesting system comprises a collection surface (roof or driveway), a filter and a means of storage. Stored rainwater is not suitable for drinking, but through a separate pipe network it can be used to supply toilets, outside taps and even washing machines. To achieve higher levels of water quality an ultra violet (UV) system can be added. However, these systems use energy and lamps need replacing annually, affecting the cost effectiveness and environmental benefits of the system.
Many systems use a control unit to monitor the water level in the storage tank and display information to the user. If levels drop too low the system switches to the mains water supply and if levels get too high an overflow trap drains off excess water and allows floating material to be skimmed off to a storm drain.
Are there any grants available?
There are currently no grants available for domestic systems, but the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme allows businesses to claim 100 per cent first year capital allowances on investments in technologies and products included in the ECA list of water efficient technologies. Funding for agricultural schemes may be available through your local Regional Develpment Agency (RDA).
Will it save me money?
Rainwater harvesting can potentially give significant financial savings, but these depend heavily on a number of factors, such as:
- The water supply being metered. (Advice on whether metering would be right for you is available from your water provider).
- The size of the collection area.
- The average annual rainfall (rainfall amounts vary from region to region – the North West can expect double the rainfall of East Anglia in an average year).
- Whether or not the reduction in metered water consumption translates to a reduction in the wastewater charge – water companies’ policies vary across the country.
How much will it cost?
Plumbing and fitting costs vary. Savings are typically around 30 per cent of water used and can be less in some properties.
Due to the relatively low cost of mains’ water in England and Wales and the variability of savings, the payback time for an individual domestic system may be long. Larger projects, such as housing developments, industry and agriculture will have much shorter payback periods and savings could run into many thousands of pounds.
What do I do now?
These questions and answers are designed as a quick guide as to whether a rainwater harvesting system is right for you.
If you want to know more, there is a detailed information guide available by clicking on the Harvesting rainwater link below or for a ‘No Obligation’ quotation on a Rainwater Harvesting solution contact us.
If rainwater harvesting is not for you at this particular time, there are still many ways that you can cut down your water use with very little outlay. Water butts can be bought for around £20, dripping taps can be fixed for pennies and the amount of water flushed down the toilet can be cut by up to a third. Something as simple as turning off the tap while you clean your teeth can save half a bathful of water per day for a family of four.
For more information please contact one of our paving specialists on 0845-121-7175
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