I pay water and sewer fees on every single gallon of water I use for
my plants. I recently planted a hedge of blueberry plants, and noticed
that the house has 2 downspouts on that end, roughly 25 feet apart.
I've never actually had rain barrels, though I did experiment with 5
gallon buckets a few years back. (a neighbor complained that he felt I
was the source of mosquitoes in the area, and he may have been right)
I'm not sure that I would have enough room to use an actual rain barrel,
since the plants are only a bit over 2' from the foundation, and there
is a chain link fence close to one end of the hedge.
I'd love to build an underground cistern that would hold 2,000
gallons of rainwater, but I think that is probably out of the question
as well, due solely to financial concerns.
Can anyone suggest a solution that might let me capture the rainwater
and use it for irrigation? Keep in mind that the row of plants is about
25' long, the plants are between 2' and 2.5' from the foundation, and
there is a downspout at both ends of the hedge row. I was kind of
hoping I'd find solutions for this at some of the big stores near here,
in the garden sections, but so far I haven't.
Years ago, I seem to remember seeing some sort of plastic/rubber
device you could fasten to your downspout. It would inflate with water
when it rained, and then slowly release the water over a couple of days.
You could simply unroll it, like a huge hose, and put it near the base
of the plants you wanted watered. As long as the land was relatively
flat, it would work fine. I never bought one, but I think something
like that might work well. Just can't seem to think of what it was
called, and there is no guarantee they still make anything like that, I
On Wed, 26 May 2010 15:13:01 +1000, "David Hare-Scott"
It won't be so cheap when it can't dispel water quickly enough to
prevent water from backing up in the gutters, either the excessive
weight tearing them from the eaves and/or the water backing up into
the soffits destroying the house.
Buy a large plastic vat (not all that costly) or dig a pond. Why does
anyone need to capture rain water in Ohio, it certainly rains there on
a regular enough basis to keep plants watered... Ohio isn't in Death
Valley last I looked.
You are assuming that this arrangement will impede the flow of water more
than the open end of the pipe and that there is weight hanging off the
downpipes. There would be many cases where a suitable design can be found
which doesn't have these problems. Whether this is a good solution or not
depends on the details of the situation which we cannot see. I just wanted
to throw up the idea that if retaining water is a problem then there is the
option to not retain it.
I bought a cheap plastic garbage can and wrapped the top with window
screen. Drilled a hole in the bottom and added a spigot and hose. I
have it elevated with a few cinder blocks. There is not enough
pressure to use a sprinkler but I can attach a short piece of soaker
hose and water small segments; most of the time I use a can to carry
the water to the plants.
We have a similar accounting system where various people have rights to
different amounts of water in different situations and many of these rights
can be bought and sold. The difference here is that built into the system
is the concept of harvestable right. Every landholder has the inallienable
right to harvest 10% of the water that falls on their land. You might think
that this is very hard to determine but in practice it is managed by setting
limits on how large the container may be that holds it. So I am allowed to
have a tank up to 2.3 megalitres (about 600,000 gal US). In addition you
have the right to pump water from rivers and other permanent water for
domestic purposes which includes vegetable gardens and orchards that are not
On the whole this seems a fair compromise between the rights of the
individual and giving certainty to commercial operations, the Colorado law
Isn't it interesting that the nation that superficially champions freedom of
the individual, the society of limitless opportunity, the home of the brave
etc, has so many domestic quirks where those freedoms are abrogated by law
and hosts so many powerful groups whose main aim is to make everybody live
their way and no other.
:-))) Well how can one avoid it? Don't get me started on US Foreign policy
or Trade policy because I'll say very, very rude things about the thuggish
and bullying nature of the home of the free. That might upset a few people
who live there but who aren't actually on the receiving end of them or
haven't spent more than a few seconds thinking about them. ;-))
Agreed. It is raining very hard here right now, and I'm looking
around at all the downspouts, watching perhaps hundreds of gallons
shooting out into people's yards off of their roofs.
My Grandmother told me that when she was young, most of the folks had
cisterns to hold 500 or 1000 gallons. Now, most folks are paying water
& sewer fees on every gallon they use, when they could be using
completely free rainwater instead.
That includes me, but I'd like to change that.
When my father was alive and in better health, he lived to be frugal.
In florida it's not very difficult with a thunderstorm most every day.
He carried buckets of water inside to flush the toilet with and had
plenty extra for all his outside plants. I'm sure his water bill was
zero more than once.
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