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Rain Barrels

I live in California, in a very dry area; if it weren’t for the California Aquaduct, and snow in the High Sierra’s, much of southern California would be a wasteland full of tumbleweeds. In my youth, we used to have a rainy season that last for three months, but they are now few, and far between. It’s probably been more than six months since we’ve seen any rain.

So, needless to say, we are very dependent on distant water sources that are becoming scarce. And, of course, more expensive. What used to be a small monthly cost, is fast becoming a significant cost.

So finding ways to reduce water usage is very important. We can reduce our water usage somewhat by reducing our water-dependent landscaping, and more efficient toilets, and showers, etc.

Most of the rain we do receive flows to the ocean, and is essentially lost. Catching rain, and using it in place of existing water sources is another way to save money, and use resources that otherwise are lost.

Installing some rain barrels is on my to-do list before the rainy season begins (i.e., if we even have a rainy season). Not only can the rain be used to supplement my current non-potable usage, and, therefore, save money, it can, if properly treated, be used as a SHTF source of drinking water.

For me, my rain collection would be water run-off from my roof. My understanding is that such run-off could be contaminated by the roofing material, and just every day pollution that is deposited on most roofs. My feeling is that any rain water collected should include some intensive filtering as part of the plan, even if it is to be used only for irrigation, and even more if it is to be used for human consumption.

My understanding is that some States don’t allow their citizens to collect rain water, so check with you local laws before you make any plans.

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