Evolution of Water Harvesting

Recent droughts have highlighted the risks involved with having a large global population and limited access to fresh water. Water harvesting, or collecting water for reuse, has been utilized for thousands of years and still proves to be an efficient water saving technique today.

Origins
Archaeologists have found sophisticated rainwater collection and storage systems on the island of Crete in the Palace of Knossos, dating back to 1700 BC. The ancient Romans were masters in rainwater harvesting and constructing reservoirs, and the world’s largest cistern was constructed under Caesar Justinian (527-565 AD) in Turkey long ago.

Today
Water harvesting systems are still in use today. Like other successful technologies still in existence, water harvesting systems have been researched and improved and are now more efficient than ever. Capturing and utilizing water can reduce municipal water charges, wastewater fees, and even environmental impacts. Installing a water harvesting system provides lasting benefits and are available for commercial, institutional, and residential buildings.

For more details on the process of capturing and utilizing harvested water, check out our About Water Harvesting page today!