The word “drought” stirs up visions of dry, barren landscapes that haven’t seen rain in months or years. We think that they’re rare, something that will never happen to us, but droughts are actually quite common. A drought is defined as a period of drier-than-normal weather conditions that makes water hard, but not impossible, to come by. In the US, close to half of the entire county is in a drought at any given time. This phenomenon is most common in the South and the Midwest, but it can occur anywhere at any time.
So, droughts are much more widespread than you may have initially thought. But don’t panic! A drought is unlikely to leave you and your family completely without water, but it can make water harder to find and more expensive. Worried about the cost and scarcity of water during a drought? Again, don’t fret. There’s something you can do to ensure your family has fresh, clean water at all times. Harvesting rainwater might seem like a daunting task, but it’s much easier than you’d think. Here are four tips for collecting rainwater in a drought so you can be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.
Choose a Method
You have several options for harvesting rainwater in your yard. You can use rain barrels, tarps, kiddy pools, or opt for more advanced methods like cisterns, or tanks that can store a massive amount of rainwater. Pick the method that works best for you and your family’s situation.
Clean Your Roof
Most at-home harvesting methods involve your rooftop. Rainwater lands on the roof, slides into the gutters, and drips into a barrel or another container on the ground. But before you start using your roof to collect rain, you’ll want to clean it off. This ensures contaminant-free water for you and your family. A quick hose-down keeps debris out of the water, as does installing a water diverter in your gutters and a screen in the downspout.
Check Your Containers
Once your system is set up, rain will gradually fill up the container over time. But don’t let it fill up too much, or else the water could overflow! Every so often, check how much water is in your container. If the container is close to full, use some of the water or transfer it to another container so it doesn’t spill out and go to waste.
Use a Filter
The final tip for collecting rainwater in a drought is to use a filter. Rainwater is usually clean, but it occasionally picks up contaminants from the air and surrounding environment. Using a filter to remove bacteria, heavy metals, and other contaminants ensures the water you’re putting into your body is 100% safe.
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