- Issue: Fall 2017
Whether we’re washing clothes or watering the lawn, all the water we use in our homes is drawn from a nearby lake, river, reservoir, or aquifer.
These water sources are replenished naturally by precipitation, as rainwater fills streambeds and soaks into grasslands, fields, and forests. Hard surfaces, however— buildings, roads, parking lots, driveways, and the roofs over our heads—impede this natural process.
We can help recharge local water sources by allowing rain to water the ground where it falls. This can be done through simple efforts, such as directing downspouts and gutters toward shrubbery or trees, or collecting rain in a barrel for outside use.
A rain barrel captures and stores water from the downspout of a rooftop gutter that can be used—through a spigot at the bottom of the barrel—to water a lawn or flower beds.
Just think: Keeping the rain where it is meant to fall means more recharging of local water sources—and less wasteful rainwater runoff.