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 original cisterns were simple containers (often made of masonry) that were positioned to collect rainwater for use inside and outside of the household. Modern cisterns are often involved in sophisticated water-harvesting systems, which include underground tanks and filtration systems that remove sediment and toxins. Cisterns need not be fancy to be effective. Opaque metal, wood, or plastic containers strategically placed under gutters and drainpipes can hold rainwater to be later used for watering greenhouses, gardens, and livestock. Water can also be irrigated out to yards and other areas that require frequent watering. Consider connecting a rain chain to an underground holding tankâ€”not only will it add aesthetic appeal to your home, but the