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Old 04-25-2008, 08:22 AM   #21
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Atlanta and other parts of Ga and the south have been under drought or near drought conditions since early last year. So far my strategy has worked...I cut off the bottom of my down spouts on the back of my house and attached black corrugated drainage pipe which I run to the pool about 12 ft away. I use the rain water to fill the pool. To fill the pond, I place a bucket on the steps of the pool and drain the pipe from the down spout into it. Inside the bucket I placed a sump pump which I drain into the pond. We will be able to water plants later in the year by using the sump pump to pump water from the pool. I use a mineralizer in the pool so I don't use alot of chlorine that would harm plants. This works great as long as we get a bit of rain.


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Old 04-25-2008, 08:42 AM   #22
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I've looked into a rain barrel. They actually make ones that are hermetic (air tight). This prevents those nasty little bugs from getting in there. You can even have a spout on the barrel to get the water out without opening or moving the rain barrel.

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Are skeeters an issue where you are? there's a little fish called Gambusia Mosquitofish - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that loves to eat skeeter larvae and may be worth the investment along with the $5-10 for a 55 drum.

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Old 04-25-2008, 09:24 AM   #23
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what a crock of @#%? nonsense ...

I have to agree with you about it being nonsense but the same rule is in effect in some parts of Australia. They consider that by you collecting the water you are preventing it running off into the public water collection system so therefore you are cheating them and owe them financial recompense. It so stupid that one should be punished because of actions taken to be self sufficient.

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Old 04-25-2008, 12:28 PM   #24
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I live in an area with abundant rainfall so the municipalities don't want us to dispose of storm water off site, but I do understand the position of communities where storm water is precious. Potable water is becoming a major issue because some watersheds are drying up.

About 10 years ago the graduation speaker at Cal Maritime predicted that tankers hauling fresh water would be the wave of the future.
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About 10 years ago the graduation speaker at Cal Maritime predicted that tankers hauling fresh water would be the wave of the future.
I've thought about that.......

Here in the Chicago area, property on Lake Michigan is very, very expensive and typically occupied by either commercial buildings or mansions. Those folks seem to have political pull (can you imagine that?) and we tax payers wind up paying for a lot of wave erosion control to ensure their pretty private lakefront stays that way. But what if we need to share Great Lakes water with the rest of the country or the world and the lake level drops? Will tax payers get stuck for the bill of compensating the mansion dwellers because they now live several hundred yards from the water where they used to live right on the water?

Anyway....... I agree that while fossil fuels, especially oil, are our current focus, shortages of basics like food and fresh water are just around the corner. Another doubling of the world's population should do it!

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