On the third day of Christmas my green friend gave to me…3 rain barrels, 2 milkweed plants…and a live Christmas tree!
Did you ever drink rainwater? I recently met a gent, Larry Curran, who founded a manufacturing company in the Daytona Beach area (the only one in Florida) that harvests rainwater and produces bottled rainwater for drinking. The water is bottled in a biodegradable, BPA-free plastic bottle that is recyclable. The water itself has nothing added, like chlorine that is in most bottled water, as it goes through a series of micro-filters to remove impurities and dust particles.
In addition to purifying rainwater for drinking the company, ChooseRain.com offers hydroponic solutions as well. They work in conjunction with land owners, farmers, local Government, Schools and local charities to provide affordable systems allowing locals to grow produce for sale and consumption. They also offer private label bottles which are great for “green” events and fund-raising activities.
Another wonderful use of rainwater is your landscape. There are a couple factors to consider when deciding on the type of rainwater harvesting for your needs. First, you should consider your current landscaping and decide if you would prefer to redesign your landscaping to reduce the amount of necessary irrigation or, second, would you prefer to keep your current landscaping and match the needs to the type of rainwater harvesting device you should install.
1. Redesign? Do you have a yard full of thirsty grass and plants that requires frequent watering? Most counties have imposed watering restrictions which will only become more restrictive. You can become proactive by redesigning your landscaping with drought tolerant plants and less lawn. Using the 9 principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL) you will end up with a beautiful yard that incorporates “right plant, right place”.
2. How much and what type of rainwater catchment system do you need? If you already have incorporated drought tolerant plants into your landscape you might have minimal needs for watering and four or five rain-barrels at your downspouts might be enough. You can always add more as you find necessary. Click here for instructions to make an inexpensive and easy double rain-barrel system yourself. Should you decide to keep your landscaping that requires larger amounts of irrigation it would behoove you to look into a cistern type system of rainwater harvesting.
Try some bottled rainwater if you have the opportunity…you won’t believe how clean the taste!
I’m thrilled about the 3 rain barrels my green friend gave to me. They will come in handy as I replace more of my turf with plants requiring little to no water. The other part I love about the rain barrels is creating my own rain chains to watch the rain tumble into the barrels!
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