Water is a precious commodity you can’t live without. Depending on where you live, your water bill can be one of your larger monthly expenses, especially during the summer. With the help of landscapers, you can set up a rainwater harvesting system that helps you save money and reduces the demand for water in your community.
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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average single-family, suburban household uses 260 gallons of water a day, and at least 30% of that water is used for irrigation. At that volume, maintaining a lush, green landscape can be hard on your budget, especially if it hasn’t rained in a while. If you’re concerned about wasting water on the lawn and are interested in a greener solution, you may want to consider rainwater harvesting.
Red Caboose Winery in Meridian, Texas uses a rainwater harvesting system as part of an overall green philosophy.
In the horn of Africa, drought has been a way of life for decades. Lack of water makes it nearly impossible to grow food in many areas, and children in the area suffer from malnutrition. In this video, you can see how one charitable organization is helping villages in East Africa farm and feed themselves, using rainwater harvesting and irrigation techniques.
5 Seasons Brewery in Atlanta, Georgia, is now brewing beer from rainwater harvested on site, setting a new standard for environmental sustainability in water issues. The brewery produced the first rainwater beer for the National Conference for the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA), and the restaurant and brewery says they will now brew all […]
Many of us living in dry areas work to try to save our precious rainwater, but a California man is taking it to the extreme with his backyard rainwater harvesting system, capable of collecting and holding up to 20,000 gallons each year. His goal is to be able to store enough water during the rainy […]
Watering your garden effectively is all about knowing its needs. Over-watering is as harmful for plants as providing too little water. Although on average plants need one inch of water per week, there is a great deal of variation depending on the specific plant, climate, soil, and a host of other factors. Luckily there are […]
The Economist recently published an article on the growing problem of water shortages and, calls for a system of tradable usage rights to allocate water resources to more productive use. â€œGlobally there is no shortage of water; the central problem is that so much water is wasted, mainly through agriculture. But farmers reject scarcity pricing […]
Water has always been a precious commodity, but the recent rise in frequent water shortages and droughts due to climate change emphasizes the importance of everyday water conservation. Despite the atmospheric consequences of global warming, rainstorms continue…so why let all that water go to waste? Cisterns have a long history, spanning several thousand years. The […]