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Acid Rain? No, I'm Queen of the Mist!!

May 7th, 2008 at 05:20 pm

Pic: Annie Taylor, (Queen of the Mist) who, in 1901, became the first person to plunge over the brink of Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Come along Lil'HippyChillen' and sing along with me...

"My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean,
My Bonnie Lies Over The Rain Barrel!"

I've been bemoaning the price of my water bill on here lately. This morning on a whim - since it's raining here today - I put out an old trashbarrel under the inside L corner of my roof, where two ridgelines meet, to fill w/rainwater. I'm planning to use it to water the banana trees and tomato plants later this week when the sun comes back out. Don't try this at home if you've got small children about. If you've got kiddos you need a closed system that one couldn't fall into!

Then serendipity led me to this:
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Holy Toledo, this place says there are beacou gallons to be had? WOW!

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So, if you are feeling greenly conservation minded you might want to do something similar. As a teen I was constantly washing my hair w/rainwater, but that was back before acid rain and such. Oh, we probably had it, we just didn't know it!

I did speak to Hubster this week about perhaps installing a graywater system of some kind, and he said he thought we could hook one up pretty easily, so we'll see. Doubtful we'll go this far! I was just thinking of hooking off of the bathroom sink or something. I'm not this much of a gardener!

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This reminded me of my time in Honduras. Many people live w/cisterns year round as their main source of water.

And once I started thinking of this and googling around for pics I found this link that many of you may enjoy sloshing around in:

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and this should have a special appeal for a certain someone who opposes composting toilets!

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Well, of course I have to categorize this post as INFLOW! Big Grin

8 Responses to “Acid Rain? No, I'm Queen of the Mist!!”

  1. PauletteGoddard Says:

    I have Art Ludwig's Greywater Oasis book out on loan from the library. I need to know the legality of rainwater harvesting in this state: I know some desert, dry climate states permit it, and others turn a blind eye to the illegality. Rainbarrels are encouraged in my community, but I don't know about filtration systems like the one BRAC offers.

  2. Homebody Says:

    My mother uses plastic garbage cans. $65 for a barrell seems a little steep to me. Overall I really like the idea of capturing the water, just need to figure out how! Landon and Lola love to drink out of the rain water puddles in our yard!

  3. sagegirl Says:

    My grandmother, who survived the depression, used to put out watering cans (medium-ish sizes) and used the rain water to water our indoor/outdoor plants and flowers and to put extra water in the chicken coops. I sometimes just set out my plants on the front walk when it is raining so that they get a good soak. I have been know to bring my small ivy from the bathroom into the shower with me--it gets water and gets dust rinsed off the leaves while I shower.

  4. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    @Sagegirl, that's what started the graywater discussion. I threatened to bring a bucket into the showerstall. Hubster thought we might could do something a little less billhilly! Big Grin
    But, I like your idea. I do set my indoor plants outside sometimes.

    @Homebody, I too think they are a bit costly. Ask around at schools or someplace to see if they don't have some cheaper. Maybe something that had cooking oil in it? For now mine's a medium sized kitchen plastic wastecan that caught my eye as I was passing thru the utility room. It's not often used, so out it went. I was just planning on scooping the water out w/a pan or something when it was time to water.

    In my neck of the woods come summer the misquitos would take over if it wasn't coverable somehow. So today is just temporary. If I want to do something more permanent, I may have to invest in something that looks a little better than average as the best place to collect sits in the L right beside the front door and the sliding glass door. No place for something fugly!

    @Paulette, I'll have to look for that book!

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Hey, do your grey water collection from the shower and re-charge batteries at the same time! My kid was five years old, taking a bath, when he said to me that we should put a little turbine in the shower drain pipe and use that to generate electricity! The turbine would spin by the force of the falling water, of course. Smile
    I'm glad some of those articles emphasize how much water there can be to collect from the roof. When I hear of people having one or two rain barrels, I always scratch my head wondering if they know how much rain they actually get. Fifty gallon barrels would be overflowing here in no time. We have 40 inches of rain a year and usually I have to water very little, as the rain is fairly reliable all year round. I do not however, insist on a near hydroponic lawn the way some people do.

  6. Homebody Says:

    Yes my mom covers the garbage cans with the lids to keep out the mosquitos.

  7. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    A story for Paulette:

    A Department of Water Representative stopped at a ranch and talked with an old rancher.

    He told the rancher, 'I need to inspect your ranch for your water allocation.'

    The old rancher said, 'Okay, but don't go in that field over there.'

    The Water Representative said, 'Mister, I have the authority of Federal Government with me. See this card? The card means I am allowed to go WHEREVER I WISH on any agricultural land. No questions asked or answered. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?'

    The old rancher nodded politely and went about his chores.

    Later, the old rancher heard loud screams and saw the Water Rep running for the fence and close behind was the rancher's bull.

    The bull was gaining on the Water Rep with every step.

    The Rep was clearly terrified, so the old rancher immediately threw down his tools, ran to the fence and shouted out..... 'Your card! Your card! Show him your card!'

    Now Paulette, all you need is a bull, or bulldog!

  8. Broken Arrow Says:

    She looks like a pirate. Daring and grizzled in an otherwise stately black pirate gown. Certainly not one to be trifled with, especially when her trusty side-kick and companion, Mittens, is at the scene. Yarrrr.

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