March 29, 2011
Green tip: Rain Water Harvesting
The Carolinas have a recent history of droughts and water shortages. According to the NCDMAC http://www.ncdrought.org/ there is currently a moderate drought in several counties in North Carolina including Mecklenburg County. As our population continues to grow, we will need to adopt new strategies to meet our water demands. Fortunately, we do not need to re-invent the wheel.
Rainwater harvesting has been practiced all over the world for thousands of years. It is a safe and reliable way to keep your garden green, while reducing your ecological footprint. Continuing to water your lawn or garden with drinking water is not the solution.
WHAT YOU CAN SAVE
North Carolina receives an average of 42 inches of rain per year. Consider this: a 1,000 square foot roof can capture 600 gallons of water for every inch of rainfall. That’s about 25,200 gallons in an average year! Capturing a portion of this rainfall will leave you with a surplus of water. Saving water also means saving energy.
Plants are autotrophs or obtain all the nutrients they need from the environment around them. Rainwater plays an important role is this function. Rainwater is the most natural way for plants to obtain moisture. Tap water often has added chemicals as it’s treated and recycled for human consumption. Rainwater has a higher level of oxygen and is free from harmful minerals and additives found in tap water.
Less chemicals means less toxins. Using less tap water means less energy being wasted. Using less energy means saving our Mother Earth.
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