Saturday, March 22, 2014

Water, Water

Today is World Water Day.  Water is something we don't think a whole lot about here in the U.S.  I mean, we have sooooo much water that we can use it in our toilets, or bottle up in plastic and store it on a shelf, or water vast expanses of desert and make it become a golf course, right?

Not such a great use of a valuable and increasingly scarce resource.  If the drought in the western US hasn't affected you yet, just wait: all the nuts, fruit, and vegetables that won't be growing soon won't appear on grocery shelves, and what does show up will be extremely expensive. 

But why should those of us in the rest of US worry about wasteful water usage?  Well, it's a finite resource, so it behooves all of us to do a little something to conserve it and cut down on water waste in our own homes.  I'm planning to build a series of linked water barrels this spring, to harvest the gallons that shed from my roof during each spring & summer rainstorm.  With all my gardens, it can be fairly taxing to my happy well in a dry spell to water everything, so using harvested rainwater seems like a good solution to me.

Now, to track down food grade barrels for cheap...hello, Craigslist!

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