Why the concern? Water is not something that we consume when we use
it. We just borrow it. Regardless of the useage, the water goes back
into the water table after we have used it. The only exception is
that portion which evaporates and that precipates back to earth.
There may be local water shortages but the earth's supply is nearly
limitless. There is more water on earth than any other commodity.
Most of it is salty but desalinization processes exist - ask Aruba.
Considerable amounts of rainfall run off- via drains, streams, creeks,
rivers, into Bays or Oceans directly. Hardly going to the water table.
Where do you live? Do any of your neighbors have cisterns?
Stop development? heh heh.......that is going to happen on it's own
accord, but that is another story, neh?
Usually is pretty slow out here in the flyover. Just runnin' some
checks on weather and such and somehows saw something about Sonoma
County, oh yeah, it was a global warming and CA wine production
article, and you know, one thing leads to another, and here we are, and
there you are and this is it.
Later, cold ones are a needin' some attention and blinks aneedin'
BTW........county fair time tomorrow evening. Lovey and I are taking
Elder G-son to the County Fair for Terrifying Rides, Corn Dogs, Cotton
Candy and all those other Goodies that are guaranteed to plug yer
arteries and stop your heart. Hope to see ya' around the next day.
Thanks for the reminder.......mine too. Gonna have p/butter and 'mater
sammich first......felling a bit peckish. Picked a bunch of Tomisils
this evening. Good stuff.
I'll likely eat lots of something tomorrow evening that will allow me
to "Fart for Freedom"....great thing, given the local and district
politics. Someone must raise a stink.
Where I live, minerals in the soils render ground water unusable even
for agriculture, let alone drinking. Our water is imported from
northern California, hundreds of miles away.
The total precipitation and ground water (where useable) in the state is
already insufficient to meet the needs of people, industry, and
agriculture. The only thing that has prevented a crisis is the fact
that the reservoirs still have adequate supplies from record-breaking
rains two years ago (about 14,565,000 acre-feet in state reservoirs plus
additional amounts in recharged aquifers). If the current drought does
not end this winter, we will likely face rationing next summer.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
Are you talking about devices to re-direct rain into barrels,
And/or ways of watering your garden "conservatively"
For the latter, I input some words like "devices for water
conservation in the home garden", and got many hits, of which this is
http://tinyurl.com/37bqnk (from H&G). Many others.
For the former, I input words like "storing rainwater" and got many
hits, of which this is one:
I'm sure you will find lots of good advice by surfing persistently.
Of course there must be books in the library or book store that go
into home rainwater storage systems.
Good luck, and thanks for your progressive approach.
Out here in western Oregon, metal roofs are popular with the rainwater
collection crowd. We will probably go that route when we build.
As the climate in England is similar to that of western Oregon and
Washington, examples from those areas (e.g., Portland, Seattle) may
be of most use to you.
Another good and simple tool for water conservation is drip irrigation,
combined with mulch.
(And yes, even though water recycles nicely, taking care of subterranean
aquifers is important. Once they collapse, they don't recover.
If you'd like a painless introduction to aquifer collapse, try the
Sarah Andrews mystery "Dead Dry". Sarah is a geologist, as is her
protagonist. http://sarahandrews.net/index.htm )
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