California and Oregon are both having water problems. Aquifers are shrinking. Crops have had their irrigation waters curtailed and rationed, creating higher food prices. Here in the Pacific Northwest and especially in Western Washington it's easy to close our eyes to the problem, but as snowpacks melt and glaciers recede, the problem could grow progressively worse over the next few years. We don't have to rely on municipalities and community water supplies, however.
For thousands of years people relied on cisterns for drinking water and more. In Hawaii, with its plentiful rain, cisterns still abound. A cistern is just a water collecter. You can collect your own water for watering your lawn and your garden as well as having a source for carrying away waste material. For immediate information call (253) 475-8440 or (360)-528-8026.
Cisterns, which can hold thousands of gallons of water need room for storage, but you can start on a smaller scale with a rain barrel.
Even a 55-gallon rain barrel can save you money and make you less reliant on city water systems.
Bob Larson Plumbing recently created a system for a client that involved six interconnected tanks. Each were linked and had a pressure system so that the clients entire lawn could be watered plus the garden and individual plants.
Today's barrels come in different colors or can be painted and decorated. Many people opt for a terra cotta or stone appearance, although green and even black are popular.
Rain barrels generally should have a mesh cover to keep rock and twigs for getting into the water supply. It's a good idea to have a cover or lid for the barrel in the spring and summer to keep mesquitos from swarming and laying eggs. Barrels should also have an over-flow system as well as a stand to raise them high enought that a bucket can be placed under the spigot. Bob can make it all work together to fit your needs.
Here is a good inroductory article about rain barrels.
Conserving Water With a Rain Barrel
By Richard H.
The Rain Barrel...An Old Idea with a New Importance
Collecting water in a rain barrel is certainly not a new idea. People have collected rainwater and used it to water gardens and irrigate crops almost since the beginning of time. Over the course of the last few decades, however, most people have chosen to rely solely on their municipal water systems, without considering the cost or the ecological impact. Storing rainwater in rain barrels lowers water bills and reduces storm water runoff. Storm water runoff carries pesticides, grease, oil, and other toxins into our waterways and contributes to erosion, eating away valuable land. Using a rain barrel is one conservation measure that is being encouraged by many municipalities and environmentalists. Is it right for you?
What You Need to Know about Rain Barrels
When you make the decision to begin using a rain barrel, you'll station it at one of the downspouts of your home or business. When the rain falls on your roof and runs into your gutters, a downspout diverter directs the rain through a screen and into the barrel. You then have a source of natural, chemical free water to use when caring for your plants.
Whether you opt to build your own rain barrel or decide to purchase one, there are certain things you need to keep in mind. It is important that your rain barrel be child safe and mosquito proof. Your rain barrel should have a full screen and a lid that you can fasten securely. In order to prevent algae, a rain barrel should be made of a dark material that does not allow the penetration of sunlight. Be certain that the material is non-toxic. If you're making your own rain barrel, make sure that you know the history of the barrel. The best rain barrels will feature a metal spout near the bottom of the barrel so it is easy to access the collected water. Make sure you place the rain barrel on a level surface and secure it to prevent tipping. A well-designed rain barrel will also have an overflow system that comes into play when the barrel is full...Point the overflow away from the foundation of the house to prevent water damage. Water that has been collected in rain barrels is not meant for consumption by humans or animals. Your landscaping, gardens and houseplants, however, will thrive when you use this natural, untreated water to care for them.
A Barrelful of Benefits
Rain barrels are a simple way to help conserve water and protect our rivers and streams. Even if you purchase your rain barrel, it will soon pay for itself by lowering your water bill. The fact that you're taking one more step towards an eco-friendly lifestyle is priceless. Remember, it's a series of little steps that helps us make giant strides towards protecting our planet.
- Richard H. Composters.com
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