How to Save Water in a Drought

| 5/23/2013 7:39:58 PM

Today is a cloudy day in my corner of the woods. I keep hoping that it will rain. Lord knows we need it. But, as I opened this morning’s newspaper the headline on the front page of my local paper catches my eye, “Arid Outlook”. The article states that we are already 4.63 inches of rain behind so far this 2013 year in my area and that the prediction for our summer will be “warmer and drier than usual”. Have you ever been in East Texas in August? August is scorching hot and humid, and the only rainfall we receive is the sweat that falls off us!

The new challenge as we head into our summer is to learn techniques on how to be more frugal with our water so, that we can stretch it further. There is a website that encourages us to take a challenge to conserve water at  This website gives indoor and outdoor activities that can be done to save water. Also this website lists how much gallons of water can be saved daily be doing each activity. Some activities listed were to turn off water in between rinsing dishes and to use a broom instead of a water hose to clean off patios and other concrete areas. By reducing the amount of water being wasted on some activities then we can channel that saved water into other areas that are in more need of the water during a drought such as plants and animals.

To help our plants survive these hot and dry summers we need to learn how to garden in a drought. There are several tricks we can do to help extend our watering. We need to start collecting water. Rainwater can be collected by using barrels near the eaves of the house so when it does rain the water will run off the roof and into the barrel. Also water can be collected on the inside of the house and transported to plants. We can collect water in a simple bucket that is placed under the faucet as the water runs while it is heating up for a shower or for washing dishes. And for the true conservationist of water, the leftover water from a bath or washing the dishes can be bucketed up and taken to the plants.

Rainwater Barrel 

I have a greywater system to help reuse water. Greywater is the water that comes from a washing machine or a bathtub that is diverted outdoors for watering plants. If you do use a greywater system make sure you use natural cleaning products in your washing machine and bathtub so as to not adversely affect the plants.

Herb Bed Irrigated by Greywater 

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