It falls from the sky to your roof, down the roof to your gutter, down the spout and into or onto the ground: rain. Whether you are in the zombie apocalypse camp, the SHTF camp, the Prepper Camp, or just a garden variety conservation hobbyist – you have watched the rain coming down in buckets every year and thought “I should be saving some of that.”
Here in the Willamette Valley we live in a sub-tropical rainforest and average more than 3.5 feet (yes feet) of rainfall a year – or approximately 43,560 gallons per acre per year. According to the UN, the EPA and several other sources, the average per capita water use is around 69.3 gallons a day – 26k gallons a year. Outdoor usage can be much higher. That’s a lot of water on both sides of the equation. Numbers of course are only numbers, what is more important are cost, availability, quality and even access to water.
Our first water harvesting project happened from a desire to not have to use city water for the garden, and to not have to water the tomatoes. Enter one plastic barrel, a blue one, some pvc pipe and fittings, a trough float and a bunch of 5 gallon buckets: viola, a self-watering tomato garden. It worked too, but there was a lot of trial and error, wasted time, effort, money and of course patience.
It wasn’t hard to recognize that, for all the information on the internet, there wasn’t a single person I could go talk to, get recommendations on parts or design from, or maybe pick up a spare tote from. Of course, having never met a need we didn’t feel compelled to try and fill, we put together what has become oregonrains.com.
From rooftop or well to storage, filtering and application, we’re daily adding to our knowledge base and to our DIY kits, plans, components and contractors. If we can’t help you with it, we’ll find you someone who can.
It all starts with water.