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We’re never really sure how much rain we will get each year. This year it has been quite rainy. Yesterday and today have been beautiful, but I hear rainy weather is headed our way tomorrow…and it is staying for awhile.
There are many different kinds of water storage systems. One of the easiest to implement is catching the rainwater from your roof and storing it until you use it. We use a water tote:
We have put up gutters on the Valley facing eaves of our house. Most people don’t use gutters here. The snowfalls can be too great. Caribooans know the best kind of roof for our climate is a steep peaked one. On a sunny winter day, you can hear the snow melting and moving. Eventually it comes sliding down the roof with a great thunder of a noise. I don’t ever want to be standing close to the house when the snow comes off. Those satellite dishes? Internet (which sucks) and TV.
Back to the water storage. You can see that we have attached an eavestrough to the gutter. The gutter itself is put up on a slight slant – so all the water that falls on the roof gets channeled to one end of the eavestrough.
The eavestrough runs into the water tote. We end up with a whole lot of water to use on the gardens during long hot dry times. Are you saving water on your homestead?