The Science of Live Water

heart_water_handsIf you descended to Earth today as an alien, your natural conclusion would be that Earth is predominantly a water-based planet. Furthermore, unlike common perceptions, you would conclude that life on Earth is hydrogen-based, because 75% of our bodies are water and 2 of the 3 atoms of water are hydrogen.

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Rainwater Harvesting for drylands

 rdCoverFrontMedAlthough rainwater harvesting has been accomplished by humans in virtually every drought-vulnerable region of the world for millennia, our society seems to have some collective amnesia about the utility, efficiency, sustainability, and beauty of these time-tried practices.

Fortunately, this book and Brad''s lifelong passion for practical, ecological, and aesthetically pleasing solutions to our water woes may cure us of that amnesia just when we most desperately need to remember such solutions are readily at hand. From where I write this is Northern Arizona, nine out of every ten trees outside my window are dead, due to the worst drought in fourteen hundred years, and the artificial reservoir known as Lake Powell is projected to go dry within six more years.

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Easy water dispenser for chickens

Water-dispenser-for-chickensI decided to make my own waterer for my chickens after having  to replace many UV damaged store bought ones. I was also very annoyed having to fill the waterer up everyday, thanks to the chickens running around and knocking into it. The one I made works by the same principle as the store bought ones, by maintaining a vacuum.

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Calculate Your Rainfall Potential

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A rainwater collection of a 400 square foot dwelling with 12 inches of rainfall per year equals 2,600 gallons of clean water conservation!

Check out the rainfall calculator!

Rainwater Harvesting From The Roof

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Rainwater harvesting systems designed to fill all the water needs of a home can be similar in cost to the expense of putting in a well. Operating costs for a rainwater system can be less. Rainwater collection systems designed to supplement the water needs of a home already on the city system for irrigation purposes can be costly. The primary expense is in the storage tank (cistern). In our area, the cistern size for irrigation can be large due to the high temperatures and extended dry periods in the summer. If the system is not counted upon as the only source of irrigating water, building as large a cistern as one can afford is often the measuring gauge for cistern size.

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