Preserving Natural Resources  Air, water, soil, forests, animals, etc., that are provided by nature or occur naturally are called natural resources. We know that man depends on his environment. We need our environment and the things it provides us for staying alive. Over a period of time, we have used up a lot of these resources. We need to conserve and preserve these resources or soon they will be exhausted.

Water is a natural resource....There are more than 326 million trillion gallons of water on Earth. Less than 3 % of all this water is fresh water and of that amount, more than two-thirds is locked up in ice caps and glaciers. With so much water around it seems like there is enough to see us through for millions of years. But did you know that even water, which seems to be in abundance, might one day become scarce?

Why save Rain Water….
The average household in the US uses about 250 gallons per day. Most of that water that has come though sophisticated water treatment plants. Seventy percent of that very costly water suitable for human consumption is used outdoors! Yet splashing off your roof is tens of thousand of gallons delicious fresh rainwater suitable (and in some cases preferred) for a multitude of uses. That water coming off your roof could go a long way to offset that consumption!

Calculate your water usage:
If your water use is metered, review your water bill. Divide your water usage by the number of days in the billing period and also by the number of residents of your household. If your water is measured in cubic feet, convert to gallons by multiplying by 7.48. If your water is not metered try this calculator:http://www.csgnetwork.com/waterusagecalc.html If you live in a region that that has seasons where usage changes at different times of the year, compare the water bill from winter to summer and see how your usage increases.

Five great reasons to harvest and use rain water:

1. Saves homeowners money Have you noticed the drip, drip, drip of your rising water bill? The cost of water is increasing nationally, no matter where you live. Yet rain water is free. If we are using 70% of our expensive drinking water for outdoor usage doesn't it just make sense to tap into the huge source of water splashing off your roof? Rain barrels can be a relatively low cost solution to offsetting the rising cost of your water bill and supply your gardens, pools, lawns with water that is more suitable!

 2. Reduces storm water run-off Capturing rain water in a barrel before it hits the ground decreases storm water run-off, which otherwise carries pollutants from paved surfaces into groundwater and rivers. These pollutants suffocate our water supplies and result in costly treatment facilities. This not only affects the quality of our recreational water, has a huge impact on the eco system and shows up in our bills.

 3. Plants prefer rain water Non chlorinated organic rain water is better for your plants than what comes out of the tap and it shows in the garden. Try feeding a small patch of moss tap water for a few days to see what happens.

 4. It is sustainable harvesting and using your own rain water is a first and easy step towards sustainability, lowers your carbon foot print and teaches conservation!

5. It makes you happy! Your bills are less, your plants are smiling and your family is doing its part.

 
Helpful Information about Rain and Rain Water Collection.

  • It takes less than 1/8 inch of rain will fill a well situated 60 gallon rain barrel.
  • Sixty gallons can cover about 100 square feet with 1 inch of water.
  • Water consumption increase between 20 and 200% in the summer months.
  • If your water is supplied by your town and you also use town sewer - more often than not the sewer usage is measured by your incoming water. In Boston for every $1.00 we pay for the water to come in, we are charged $2.00 for sewer usage - even if the water is not being flushed out. So you are still paying sewer fees on the water that you use to water your lawn, garden, fill your pool and wash your car! SAVE RAINWATER and SAVE MONEY….
  • A single rain barrel can save as much as 1,700 gallons during extended summer season in New England.
  • Typically, for every inch of rain received, about 600 gallons of water can drain from every 1,000-square-foot roof area.
  • In New England the average rainfall is 16" from May - September (prime gardening months). The state of Colorado averages 15" a year.
  • In New England the average roof surface is approximately 2400 square feet. That means the average roof sees over 20,000 gallons of rainwater pass over its surface from May - September.
  •         A full 60 gallon rain water barrel may weigh more than 500 lbs.