Don't let a drizzly day put a damper on your mood -- with a little preparation, those raindrops can save you and your community some serious money. Each gallon of rainwater that's harvested -- meaning collected and saved for later use -- equals a gallon of treated city water that can be used in other places.
It also helps the environment by reducing erosion and evaporation due to runoff and keeps pesticides and fertilizers out of groundwater. Once harvested, rainwater can be used to water your garden, provide drinking water for animals, and in some cases, serve as drinking water for your family.
Start by figuring how much water you want to harvest. A typical 25-foot by 40-foot home can divert approximately 600 gallons of rainwater in one hour of moderate rainfall. How much of that you decide to store should be based on your water needs -- someone who is simply using their harvest to water a moderate-sized garden doesn't need as much rainwater as a farmer looking to irrigate their field or provide drinking water for large livestock.
The most common way to harvest rainwater is collecting the water that runs off your roof by diverting it through gutters and downspouts that drain into a water barrel. Your home likely already has (Read More....)
Erin Steiner is a freelance writer and web content producer from Portland, Oregon.
Obviously you want your water to be as clean as possible. Nobody wants to drink water that will make them sick. Unfortunately, not everybody lives in an area in which drinking clean water is as easy as turning on a faucet. Sometimes you need to install a water purification system to make your water healthy for drinking.
When you first start looking for water purification supplies, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by how much those supplies cost. Before you panic, don’t forget about the greatest shopping resource ever invented: the Internet! Shopping online is great—you can compare prices and brands without a sales person hovering over you. You can use whatever payment method is most convenient (pretty much every merchant who sells these supplies via the web (Read More....)
****This is a guest post by Barbara Fix**** Water collection was once a matter of personal choice. Not anymore. Three states; Utah, Washington, and Colorado have determined water collection on private property is verboten to varying degrees; a no fly zone of which, should you be caught collecting what runs off your roof, will gain you a fine. When public outcry resulted over this draconian regulation, the official knee-jerk response from elected officials was “The water belongs to someone else.” Just whom that someone else is has not been announced, and many following this recent threat are waiting with baited breath to find out who owns our rainwater and why. Let’s hope a recent study preformed in Douglass County, Colorado catches the public’s attention, as it offers a little muscle to fight back against regulations the seek control of our food chain, holistic medicines, health care and now, rainwater. The study revealed that those who collected rainwater for personal use used less water from the region’s water facility, nor did it have a negative impact upon the aquifer and groundwater supplies. The study’s finding lead to the granting of personal rainwater collection, on a small scale, for Douglas County residents. I don’t (Read More....)
A person can survive for several days without food, but only for a short time without water. Survival Kits online sells a 55 Gallon Water Preserver which can be used in water barrel drums. As we have learned from Japan's earthquake, clean fresh water can quickly become sparse, when the local water supplies are cut off. This water preserver is a concentrated mix that is recommended to use with a 55 gallon food safe drum, and stays fresh for 5 Years. (Read More....)
As you are building up your emergency food supply, you are also going to want to think about how you are going to supply clean, fresh water for your family in the event of a major disaster or emergency. Well, today we have a really great alternative for you. EcoloBlue is a company that makes some of the highest quality and most cost effective atmospheric water generators in the world. Their units contain a water filtration system that pulls drinking water out of thin air! It is great for anyone seeking to get off the grid or for anyone that is just trying to do things that are good for the environment. Just think about it - no more fluoride in your drinking water, no more plastic bottles filling up landfills, no more lugging heavy containers of drinking water home from the supermarket!
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