Capturing excess water that falls as rain in a rain barrel or other system is only the beginning of water conservation. Now what do you do with the rainwater salvage?
In the garden, wise water use goes much further than simply planting xeric plants that require little additional water; it includes the techniques of soil conservation by building up the organic matter, and mulching, as well as learning some techniques and simple alteration in our attitude to conserve the dwindling supply of water.
Water conservation requires a change in thinking, and applying techniques that use water wisely.
Whether you have your water supplied by a municipality which has watering restrictions in place, or if you use a well, cistern, lake or river water, these strategies will help you to conserve water:
Water conservation will soon be, if it isn’t already, a way of life. Wise use of diminishing supplies of this precious resource in a perpetually changing climate is a habit we have to learn now. Drought smart strategies as well as xeriscaping will help conserve water in the garden, leaving more available for other uses, such as for drinking and household use.
One of the side effects of climate change is out of whack weather. A heat wave in early May, about a month earlier than the more common flood time of late May to mid June, melts the snow pack at higher elevations. The result? Flooding, and in time, drought as the valley dries out much earlier than usual.