We have had such an unusal June “weather wise” this year. Usually June in Arizona is hot and dry….we long for monsoon season! There just so happens to be some tropical storms in the pacific pushing all this moisture in and its come at such a good time because I’ve been able to review this awesome Tuff Tikes rain barrel, made by Little Tikes.
I live in a drought state and even though we have a better water supply than our sister state, “California” and we currently have no water restrictions, there’s always a reason to conserve water! We first start in the home. Simple acts like soaking your dishes instead of scrubbing them saves on water usage. Using your dishwasher actually saves on water instead of hand washing all your dishes, you can go through gallons of water by hand washing! I never realized that until recently. Brushing your teeth with the water off and taking shorter showers are also ways to cut down on your water use. I have to admit, being the only girl in the house, my showers are the longest. My husband can clock his shower in under five minutes. My boys still take baths, but one day they’ll take showers too and we’ll have an under five minutes rule for them as well. Mommy though hasn’t found a way to wash the hair, shave, wash the fash and condition in under five minutes, but I think I’m going to get one of those shower timers to help me speed up the process.
Conserving water when you have two grass lawns and are growing vegetables can be hard too. Thankfully we take advantage of the rare rain we’ve gotten lately and make sure our sprinkler system doesn’t run during this time. We’ve learned the trick of watering deeply and infrequently to help the grass become more durable and resistant to drought. It works…over time. Last Friday, the rain we got was so hard and intense that within 1 hour it filled our 50 gallon Tuff Tikes rain barrel! In fact it was overflowing into the yard! We’ve since used a hose so that the overflow can drain right into our garden. My husband sawed off the rain gutter and bent the metal so that it flows right into the top part of the rain barrel here. The plastic grating over the top helps keep leaves, twigs and other debris out, keeping only the rain water.
When we want to water the garden, we grab our water canister and fill it up under the spicket below to water all our potted plants and plants we have growing in the garden nearby.
You can also attach a hose here, although we haven’t figured out how to get good water pressure with it yet. I think we’ll need to chop off the end of the hose for that to work right and make a short hose.
We have good reason to save our rain water too because we are growing strawberries and potatoes this year and the kids are really excited about when we get to harvest them!
We love growing our own food, and now we can do it and feel a little less guilty about our water consumption.
*Please note that each state has guidlines and regulations for collecting rain water. You can check out the guidelines for your state here: http://www.enlight-inc.com/blog/?p=1036. Currently the only state where collecting rain water is illegal, is Colorado.
Do you have a rain barrel for collecting water? What are some ways you try to save water?
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