Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013 - (Page 39)

Old Conservation Idea Still in Vogue BY SUSAN HARGENS, MEMBER SERVICES DIRECTOR, MID-DAKOTA RURAL WATER SYSTEM WHILE SEARCHING THE Internet recently, I came across an interesting item that brought back some old memories for me. I thought back to the days when I would visit my grandparents and we would play in the yard. At the corner of the house, under the waterspout stood the rain barrel. The thought of that barrel took me back to a time when water was hauled to the house and water quality was anything but exceptional. The news item that triggered all this reminiscing had to do with a program called the “Green Barrel,” in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The city offers Vancouver residents a chance to purchase a 75-gallon plastic rain barrel for the subsidized price of $75 per household (which is one-half the regular price). Water used for lawn and garden purposes in Vancouver makes up roughly 40 percent of the summer’s household water usage. With the use of the rain barrels, the city estimates that each barrel could save approximately 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Now, this barrel isn’t like the one my grandparents owned. It has an inlet that directs water to a small opening, and an outlet that can work with a watering can or hose. The barrel also has a childproof lid. It’s a bit different from the old barrel, with a screen or lid weighted down by a rock or brick that my grandparents used. My grandmother used that water for her houseplants, and I remember so well how my aunts used to use the water to wash their hair – they claimed it made their hair shiny and soft. I can see that there would still be benefits to this tried-andtrue method of conservation today. In addition to reducing water usage, using the barrels in town would cut down the burden placed on the storm sewer system. You could water outdoor plants and save on your water bill using water straight from nature. Used by permission of South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems. FEED IT! The Eagle Microsystems VF-100 Dry Chemical Feeder is simple to use, rugged, and versatile. Available with a wide array of options and accessories; the VF-100 can fit any application! Features: No External Gears or Belts m more Eagle Products: Your Source for Precision Process Solutions! EagleMicrosystems.com 618787_Eagle.indd 1 800.780.8636 Third Quarter 2013 • 39 AM 06/01/13 7:16 http://www.EagleMicrosystems.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013

FROM THE PRESIDENT
KILOWATT REMINDERS
POWERING PROGRESS
PROJECTS THAT START IN RURAL AMERICA TOUCH THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS
WHAT DOES RURAL MEAN?
PROTECTING THE LAND
THE POWER OF AN ASSOCIATION
REGULATORY UPDATE
OLD CONSERVATION IDEA STILL IN VOGUE
THROWING MY LOOP
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO

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