Very often, we have a water crisis while we also suffer from droughts at another spectrum.
We need to understand how to make use of all that we have to create a better environment. Of late, there has been a lot of dispute about the water sharing between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. However, if we take some simple steps of saving our water, it would make a huge difference to both the states.
We just take water for granted until shortages hit home.This monsoon, instead of just playing the waiting game and anxiously watching the horizon, here’s how you can gather those precious drops by making your own rainwater harvesting system at home.
Even at home, we could indeed take a couple of simple steps to become a hero instead of a victim.
Firstly, We could install a Rain Barrel
The easiest way to harvest rain is through a rain barrel (make your own from a large trash can or an old drum) linked to a pipe fitted to collect rainwater from the rooftop and verandah of the house.
To prevent the barrel from becoming a mosquito breeding ground, we need to fasten a tight-fitting top to it, and screen the ends of the downspouts leading into the barrels. Or simply add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the stored rainwater. It coats the water’s surface and kills larvae by depriving them of oxygen.
Secondly, we could learn to create a rain garden
A rain garden is a sunken landscape that uses native plants, local soil, and mulch to remove pollutants from water, and allows it to percolate into the ground. It’s easy to create, looks good all year-round and has a positive impact on the environment.
Many landscape spots used to be covered in grass, scrub, and forest, but as metro areas have grown, those have been replaced by homes, patios, driveways, and other hard surfaces. Those hard surfaces prevent water from slowly seeping into streams and underground aquifers. What is a rain garden? It’s one solution to those types of drainage problems. Rain gardens are both beautiful and practical: They filter rainwater runoff and provide a home to birds and butterflies. Plus, they’re easy to maintain.
This can surely be done after we learn how to do it, slowly but steadily.
There are many more things we could do of course. Let us seek to work on all of these to become water heroes, one step at a time.