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Drought Protection on a Budget « Sustainable Sources. This article first appeared in the Austin American Statesman. by John Gleason As the weather turns warmer, landscapes are breaking their winter dormancy and waking up to a powerful thirst.

Drought Protection on a Budget « Sustainable Sources

Although the current drought has been especially tough on ranchers and farmers, homeowners are to feeling the pinch too. Many are turning to local irrigation contractors, who are scrambling to fulfill an overload of requests for sprinkler system installations and repairs. Used efficiently, automatic watering systems are a powerful tool for dry weather. Mr. Smarty Plants - List of native perennial Texas flowers. 5 Best Flowering Perennials for Austin — J Peterson Garden Design. We all know that fall is the best time to plant perennials, right?

5 Best Flowering Perennials for Austin — J Peterson Garden Design

Outstanding Perennials for Texas. For a sustainable water culture. Greywater by Suzy Banks Thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens are greywater hoodlums.

You know who you are, with your washing machine draining onto your lawn or your bathtub water drenching your prized petunias. It's an irrigation source that's hard to resist, especially during droughts and water rationing, but it isn't as benign as many people suppose. According to Jim Fulton, an engineering associate with the Austin-Travis County Health Department, there's still a chance of bacterial contamination from typical greywater sources: showers and tubs, bathroom sinks, and washing machines.

The majority of greywater systems - the engineered, legal kind - that Fulton and company encounter and approve are for properites west of town not serviced by city sewage. Greywater. Elimination of greywater[edit] Domestic wastewater is usually combined at the sewer, so that grey- and blackwaters are removed together using a shared sewerage system in a process called elimination.


Sewage water can then be treated to limit pollution and health risks, before being returned to the environment at large. Rainwater harvesting. Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse before it reaches the aquifer.

Rainwater harvesting

Uses include water for garden, water for livestock, water for irrigation, and indoor heating for houses etc. In many places the water collected is just redirected to a deep pit with percolation. The harvested water can be used as drinking water as well as for storage and other purpose like irrigation. Advantages[edit] Rainwater harvesting provides an independent water supply during regional water restrictions and in developed countries is often used to supplement the main supply.

Quality[edit] The concentration of contaminants is reduced significantly by diverting the initial flow of run-off water to waste.[1] Improved water quality can also be obtained by using a floating draw-off mechanism (rather than from the base of the tank) and by using a series of tanks, with draw from the last in series. How to Build a Rainwater Collection System: 9 steps.

Steps Method 1 of 4: Getting Rain Barrel Supplies 1Obtain one or more water storage barrels.

How to Build a Rainwater Collection System: 9 steps

You can buy a water storage barrel online, but it's cheaper to get a used one from a company that uses large barrels to store food and other merchandise (just be sure to clean it thoroughly with soapy water). A rain barrel can also be made from a large plastic trash can. Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water. (NaturalNews) Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I'm about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level.

Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water

You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else. As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from "diverting" water that falls on their own homes and land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states.

Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use. Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting. Tips for a Successful Drought-Tolerant Garden. Tips for a Drought Friendly Vegetable Garden. As a native Californian, you get used to the word ‘drought’.

Tips for a Drought Friendly Vegetable Garden

It comes up every once in a while so you do what you can to cut back on your water usage. Sometimes it gets so bad that you expect that everyone has to let their lawn die that summer, you adopt the rule, “if it’s yellow, it’s mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.” You put buckets under the bathtub faucet to catch all the cold water before it turns hot. You do what you can. But this year is different. So what do you do in this situation? Grow Your Crops Before the Summer Heat Starts – Instead of doing a heavy summer planting, do the majority of your planting in spring with short season vegetables. Gardening in a drought. Guest post by Mark M.

Gardening in a drought

NOTE: This may be something to print out and store in your SurvivalMom Binder for future reference. image by International Center for Tropical Agriculture I have lived in many countries over the years, and have always had a vegetable garden. Not just for cost, as many of the countries I have lived in have had what we considered dirt cheap food, but for the quality. Nothing compares to the taste of veggies fresh from the garden. Recently, some friends told me about the bad drought in Texas. Kenya and Botswana. So how do they manage that? The technique involves three separate things, all of which are easily made by anyone with the ability to use a shovel, hammer or a trowel. Raised beds When we rented our home in Botswana, in the yard behind the house was a series of concrete troughs, roughly 4 foot wide, 2 foot deep and 15 foot long, running north to south. Want drought-hardy plants? It's time to think agave. By Diana C.

Want drought-hardy plants? It's time to think agave

Kirby The long-term forecast for Central Texas is a little daunting for gardeners. The Natural Gardener - 404.