The Original Rainwater Pillow
Rain collection systems are becoming ever more important. There are a few different types, including roof runoff collection, rain barrels, and now, The Original Rain Pillow.
The Original Rainwater Pillow is like nature’s air mattress. Essentially, a gravity feed pulls water from your home’s gutters into the pillow’s pipe-tubing system, filtering it into the massive pillow. The pillow itself is made with industrial-strength material, and as you collect more water, the pillow inflates so that it uses up only the space you need to store the amount of water you’ve collected. In this respect, the pillow is more space-efficient than a rain barrel. Also a plus is the fact that the average rain barrel holds only 50 gallons of water, while the smallest rain pillow holds 1,000 gallons.
Collecting rainwater is a smart and eco-conscious thing to do. The Original Rainwater Pillow allows you to:
- Cut down on water consumption
- Reuse water that comes to you for free
- Save the vegetation surrounding your home from being saturated in heavy rain seasons
- Keep a reserve for emergencies
- Should you experience a drought, you prevent your foundation from being damaged by excessive rain and moisture.
- Good for the environment!
Just make sure that the cost does not outweigh the benefits. The 1000-gallon water pillow kit sells for $2,500, not including installation. Estimate how long it would take to break even, and be sure to take your geographical situation into account very carefully when choosing a rainwater collection system. If you’re in a place where there are exceedingly wet and rainy seasons punctuated by extremely dry drought seasons, then the cost of the rain pillow might well be worth it. It may be a bit pricey, but nothing beats having water all year long.
If, however, you live in an area that experiences more even seasons, then this system may be a bit over-the-top for your wallet, and you might better be served by a more modestly sized and priced system. Kits range in size from 1,000 gallons to 40,000 gallons.
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