Peter Holden – on making a rain water barrel and why
It’s not clear that a barrel of monkeys is much fun.
Nor maybe a barrel of rain water either.
But collecting rain water in a barrel is quite useful.
Peter Holden of the Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District came out to Lovettsville last Wednesday to the Quarter Branch Barn, in partnership with the Town, to help the local folk to build or buy barrels to collect rain water.
Some may think that there’s so much water, that it’s quaint to collect rain water in a barrel.
Although 70% of the earth is covered in water, less than one half of one percent of all that water is fresh, available and drinkable.
That’s not a lot worldwide, particularly when some is wasted, compromised by pollution, and not where it’s needed.
It’s startling that one fifth of all the world’s fresh water is found in Lake Baikal in Siberia.
We should be concerned because water is right up there after air for our survival.
The world record for holding one’s breath is 22 minutes for a trained free diver, Stig Severinsen (after Stig hyperventilated to rid himself of carbon dioxide). But many can hardly hold their breath for even a minute.
As for living without water, three to five days is about right although it depends on your physical condition.
Many presume that water is free. But mostly it costs to treat and recycle it. Town folk pay water taxes. Away from sources of public water, homeowners and renters maintain well and septic systems and filters and pumps.
Harvesting falling rain water in a barrel lightens the burden on public and private water sources.
Peter said, “Rain barrels are an old technology that has come back into style as people focus on conserving our resources and minimizing the impact on the environment.” Continue reading