Have you ever lived in New Zealand?
I have, and I learned a bit about Rainwater Catchments: A fair number of people living in NZ have systems where rainwater is diverted from downspouts, and then fed to a large storage tank. The tank itself can be on the roof, buried underground, or placed in a backyard where it can be hidden among the shrubs or plants. Here is a solution to provide potable water, or water for the vegetable garden and yard. Farmers located far from municipal water supplies utilize catchments systems to a greater degree. In the past, these systems became widely used even in suburban areas, where municipal water was readily available. However, more recently, we see less and less of these catchments and I suspect people have been persuaded to forgo the use of them in lieu of city water. After all, tanks, pipes and labor costs do add to the expense of a house, yet in the aggregate, these systems could be part of a global environmental solution for a water thirsty world.
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