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Ancient Water Conservation Method Finally Catches On

Harvesting rainwater

is an ancient method of conservation that’s making a comeback. Catching

rainwater in a barrel can save money on your watering bill and it

obviously helps conserve watersheds.

For

the avid gardener, this could be a brand new challenge. Using barrels

or water tanks to catch and store rainwater for the hotter months could

be a refreshing way to irrigate the garden.

In

Austin, Texas, city officials are offering up to $500 on the cost of

installing a large capacity rain harvester. Ranchers and farmers

in Sun Belt states have long relied on rain harvesting to get through

the scorching summer months. Now it seems that the general public is

becoming in tune with this old way of conserving water.

The

process of gathering rainwater and using it for landscaping is very

simple. Rainwater is gathered by gutters and downspouts, and then it

collects in a larger storage tank. Micron filters can be

used to clean out twigs, leaves, dirt, and other debris. It’s possible

to use this water for drinking as well, but that’s another story.

Now to use this water for landscape irrigation

you’ll have to upgrade the holding tank with a pump. A full tank that’s

10ft. tall only has 5 PSI (pounds per square inch). To use a

drip-irrigation system you’ll need at least 15 PSI. Adding a water well pump will pressurize the tank and make it usable for landscape irrigation.

Sources:

http://feverishthoughts.com/garden/2008/01/12/use-a-rain-water-tank-to-conserve-water/

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