R122: Rain Barrel
Still nurturing this contemplative mood and thinking of lots of ways people might survive the coming system breakdowns wrought by climate change, infrastructure degradation, privitization and other scenerios of uncertainty. Water will become more and more precious. Capturing rainwater is something long overdue in my area of the country, Southern California. Yet another key element for a sustainable life and a pretty cool thing to know how to do.
Even with a tiny mobile home add-on roof of a collecting (or “catchment”) area of 100 sf, with a gutter and barrel and an pitiful So. California average annual rainfall of 15 inches, I could have the potential to collect 1,800 gallons of water annually—the equivalent to the water use of a family in a developing country in a year.
These instructions seem easy enough to follow. I have homework to do to find a free source for barrels made of food grade plastic. I confess that I would prefer this beautiful alternative here, but $199 is just not possible for me. For those who can afford them, this is the link.
The other water saving product I would like on my dream list is this Olla from Peddler’s Wagon.
Olla (Oy-ya) 'Pumpkin'
An ancient watering technique that conserves and delivers water directly to the roots.
The use of buried earthen jars for watering plants has been used for thousands of years. The hand-thrown unglazed pot is buried neck deep into the soil, fill the pot with water and it slowly seeps into the soil to be absorbed by surrounding plants (not for use around wood plants such as shrubs and trees) Designed from nature, handmade in the USA. Sizes are 1.5 gallon, 1 gallon, 3/4 gallon or 1/2 gallon.
A greywater conversion kit for the kitchen sink and the shower . . . the list goes on.
Update: Forgot to credit Scream to be Green for the video link.