Rainwater harvesting and rainwater collection are innovative and environmental actions that anyone can use. Rainwater harvesting captures, diverts, and stores rainwater for later use. Captured rainwater is often used in landscaping and gardening, because the water is free of salts and other harmful minerals and does not have to be treated.

Rain Barrels. People often ask us, "but how can collecting some rainwater in a rain barrel help the environment?" There are many answers to this question but we most often like to let people know that collecting rainwater (rainwater harvesting) supplements the subsoil water level, saves money on city water usage, and helps increase garden and landscape greenery. Plus, it's an environmentally friendly and smart action to take.

The most common rainwater harvesting or rainwater collection vessel is the rain barrel. There are many different styles and sizes of rain barrels on the market today. Rain barrels operate simply. A simple connection is made to a gutter or downspout so that rainwater collects into the rain barrel. Then when you want to water plants or landscaping, simply connect a hose to the bottom of the barrel and water away! Certain rain barrels have a convenient water spigot or faucet that you can turn on and off to fill a water can. Whatever style you prefer, Elements of Charlotte can get you started.


Rainwater harvesting is a technology used to collect, convey and store rain from relatively clean surfaces such as your roof, land surface or rock catchments for later use. This is water that would otherwise have gone down the drainage system, into the ground or been lost to the atmosphere via evaporation. The water is generally stored in a rainwater tank underground or directed into mechanisms that can recharge groundwater.

To fully reap the benefits of the huge amounts of rain that run off a roof during a storm, a fully-integrated rainwater irrigation system should be considered. With such a system, rain water passes from a roof, through a gutter system, into large cisterns (water tanks) and gets distributed through common underground sprinklers. Since a properly designed system does not rely on any groundwater resources, most installations can be exempt from certain watering restrictions. Rainwater harvesting is a fantastic and affordable project for self-sustainability and positive environmental impact. Not to mention it saves you money on your landscaping watering!

Elements of Charlotte designs and installs in-ground rainwater harvesting systems. As you can see in the illustration on this page, rainwater is easily connected from downspouts and the pond feature into the underground storage tank. Water is then pumped on-demand to where you want to use it!


For more information about rainwater harvesting, rainwater collection and rain barrels, please call Elements of Charlotte at 704-359-7181 or Contact Us. We look forward to working with you on your rainwater harvesting system!

Benefits of a Professionally-Installed Rainwater Harvesting System

  • Reduces City Water Bill
  • Avoid Water Restrictions
  • Rainwater is Nutrient Rich
  • No Chemicals Added
  • Fits Underground Easily
  • Improves Property Value
  • Self Sustainable
  • Plants Love Rainwater
  • Adapt to Sprinkler System
  • Fits Under Ponds!