Barrels of rain

The invisible hand of the marketplace has a way of corralling us down the path of efficient use of natural resource that government regulations or conservation ethics can never quite do on their own.

Just like higher prices at the pump spurs a cultural shift towards smaller, more fuel efficient cars.

The same can be said with water.

And the stuff that falls out of the sky is free!

The trick is finding ways to catch it.

And that’s where cisterns fit in – also called rain barrels (see article in Naples Daily News).


There are some great examples over here in Belgium.
Some are simple, others quite complicated, many are scenic.
And they are all interesting in their own way.
Or am I just biased because I’m a hydrologist?
It’s worth noting that all the rain barrels are fairly full.
That’s because Belgium gets its fair share of rain: just above 30 inches per year — and spread pretty evenly throughout the year too.
That’s a big difference from south Florida’s 55 inches of annual rain; 40 inches of which falls in the summer wet season half.
But don’t forget that alot of that rain is subtracted by the intense Florida sun in the form of evaporation.
A nice summer day in Belgium is not too far from what we call winter in Florida.
More on that later.
In the meanwhile, I’ll post more cisterns as I see them.

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