Water is the Driving Force of all Nature -Leonardo da Vinci
Sitting inside while it is raining outside all day- gets me thinking. Water is some ares of the planet is a commodity we take for granted- here in Michigan we don’t even worry about it because we are surrounded by the Great Lakes- doesn’t get much better than that right?! No- just because we are surrounded by freshwater does not mean other parts of the world are struggling for clean water to drink, bathe in, or use for cooking. Look at California- a place kind of like home since it is the US, they are struggling right now and have been for awhile. It is said they only have a year left, maybe less, of water availability. According to water.org “750 million people in other countries lack clean water”. That fact is sickening!! Now, because we do have water at large here in the Midwest, I want to take a moment talk about Rain Barrels!!
Yeah a barrel and holds rain- WHO KNEW!? At the conservation district I work for, the administrator received a grant to help folks get all set up with a rain barrel. If set up right, it can reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and save money on watering gardens, plants, and even the grass. Best results the barrel is placed on a sturdy platform underneath a downspout to catch the rain from the roof. A screen can be placed on top of the barrel to keep out bugs and other things that like water! (be sure to clean the screen from time to time–leaves and other things may get on there!!). Also remember to clean the inside at winter time and before the first time you use it again in spring! I heard that one rain barrel owner puts gold fish in theirs to keep it cleaner! Hey whatever works! Rainwater is actually “better” for plants, trees and lawns because it is naturally soft water and free from minerals or chemicals added to tap water- such as chlorine. Its important for us to do our part and conserve where we can and this is an easy way to conserve and reuse water. Also, for you artists out there–fun project alert!!!- Painting the barrel to make it a nice visual piece in the yard!
Top 3 Benefits!!
1. saves money on tap water for plants, gardens, and lawns
2. reduces runoff into lawns (basements) and reduces the amount of runoff in large storms clogging road drains
3. can help save up water for times of drought
“Not safe for personal or pet consumption! Also- not recommended for veggie or fruit gardens! but great for TREES”!