Rainwater Harvesting

Catching/harvesting, holding/storing and using rain. Maybe to drink and shower and wash dishes - but maybe just for irrigating plants or compost piles.

Depends on what you need pure, healthy water for. But whatever that purpose, it is EASY to do.

Whether just a rain barrel or a tank. Holding pond or cistern. Doesn't matter, as long as you keep this precious resource from running into the river before it gets to the ocean and is lost.

As you should know, municipal (city) water is heavily chlorinated. They chlorinate, to keep germs out of the water until it is ready to be used. So chlorine is a good thing, but you shouldn't be drinking it - because it kills the microbes in your gut, just like it will kill them in your compost pile.

The human gut needs microbes to function properly, just like your compost pile depends on microbes to break down the food in it. Humans are walking 'compost piles' y'know.

Kill the microbes in your gut by drinking the chlorine, and you'll have assimilation problems - getting the maximum nutrition out of the food that you do eat, before it's gone.

Better to remove the chlorine at the tap. Either an activated charcoal unit at each sink - or a whole-house unit. Whatever it takes. When you raise the glass of water to your lips, the chlorine has done its job. You don't have to drink it.

For compost piles - whose job it is to raise a healty set of microbes to decompose the organic matter - chlorine is especially bad. A simple activated charcoal filter on that one hose, will eliminate a lot of issues you might be having, getting your compost pile to do what you know it should be doing.

The key is to 'tap' a surface that rainfall hits. Whether a roof, or the ground. Whether with gutters or drainage ditches - the point is to hold that rain until it can be used.

Check some of the references on the http://www.thesoilguy.com/SG/RainwaterHarvestingLinkReferences page. Do some reading. Learn some things. You'll be better for it, and can help spread the word about this very eco-friendly activity that is kind to the earth.

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