Monday, November 23, 2009

Water Conservation Starts at Home

I attended a two hour rain barrel workshop hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service last weekend. The workshop started with a great presentation by Tia Gonzales describing environmental impact of storm water and runoff on watersheds followed by an introduction to rain water harvesting. Tia also sent us a link to this cool map of the watersheds around Auburn, AL.

I walked away from the workshop thinking that the building code ought to include requirements for storm water management in new construction and tax incentives to encourage water harvesting. That idea was re-enforced today by this front page article on the New York Times web site describing how even light rain generates enough storm water to overwhelm many city sewer systems which overflow sewage into watersheds, drinking water sources, and basements.

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