OK, with no water solution we agree on in Cambria, we’ve all got to do what we can at home. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Rainwater catchment: Now is the time to prepare for any drop of rain that does come. Install cisterns and barrels at each rain gutter. Each inch of rain falling on a 1,000-square-foot roof will yield more than 600 gallons of water.
2. Gray-water systems: Redirect washing machine or tub water to your landscape. Take the end of your hose and put it the bathtub. Turn your outside faucet on for a few seconds, and you’ll hear lots of gurgling. After 30 seconds, when the gurgling stops, turn the faucet off and direct it toward your plants.
3. Storm-water strategies: Look at how storm water flows across your property and down the street. Devise a way to redirect the water to stay on your property with berms and swales. Build a series of “check dams” with the earth to collect rainfall in a series of terraces or basins.
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Let the force of gravity work for you. All of these can be DIY projects. Find out more by downloading the publications from www.slogreenbuild.org . Or hire a plumber.