rainwater collection

2012/11.2, November 21 — Rippling Glass, Backyard Battles, Rainwater Harvesting and more
               November 21, 2012             …
Harvesting Rain
Only three percent of the world’s water exists as fresh water – that is, water with low salinity and total dissolved solids of the sort found in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, ponds, streams and aquifers.  It is arguably our most precious resource because, quite simply, we can’t get along without it. As populations grow around the world, the amount of fresh water available for drinking, irrigation, bathing and sanitation annually decreases on a per capita basis.  These fresh-water supplies are replenished only by precipitation, so when droughts disrupt historical weather patterns, there’s trouble ahead – especially if the shortages hit highly populated areas.  Today, it is estimated that one in six people on our planet lacks access to an adequate water supply.  While the vast majority of those who endure this disadvantage live in other parts of the world, we in the United States are becoming more and more subject to supply shortages when localized droughts occur.  Recent conditions in the southeastern United States are a prime illustration of what this entails:  In Georgia, for example, water supplies recently hit 50-year lows.   These conditions resulted in the imposition of all sorts of restrictions on water use, in some areas leading to bans on the installation of new watershapes.  At Aquascape (St. Charles, Ill.), we’ve long believed that it’s our responsibility as professional watershapers to act responsibly in such circumstances, meaning in our case that