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The fact is, you never know if something you've always counted on (like water) is going to suddenly stop being there for you. This is especially true for those of us on a well, but things can happen in the city, too, like water rationing. Whether it's a natural disaster, drought, or it's your own well that's at fault, it makes good sense to be prepared. Here's four things you can do:
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Rain water harvesting: If you live in an urban area, you likely get your water from a municipal source. Have you noticed? Water is getting expensive.I don't know about you, but in Eugene where we live and work during the week, the water rates are skyrocketing. But even on the farm, were you might think our water is free--it isn't. Though we have a well, we still pay for electricity to run the pump and filter equipment. We pay to maintain the filtration system (several pieces of equipment), change the filter media every couple years, and test the water on a regular schedule. It may cost less than water in the city, but it still comes at a price. Guess what. Rainwater is free, and whether you live in the city or the country, you can gather and store rainwater (though in some places this is outlawed, so check with your local government). Depending on how you set it up, rainwater can be used to wash dishes, bathe, and water your garden. Here's a great link if you want to learn more about setting up a rainwater system: CLICK HERE for a "Rain Barrel Guide"--a great farm girl resource. Did you know, you can even turn rainwater into drinking water? CLICK HERE to learn how.
Overall, this whole running-out-of-water thing has been thought provoking. Sometimes it's good to be forced out of the norm for a bit, so you can see things a little differently, and get creative. Now we're more serious than ever about being prepared for the unexpected--in this case, a water shortage. You just never know...
Joy--Fearless Farm Girl,
"Farm girl: it's a verb, because it's what you do."