Editorial: Battling drought, one bucket at a time

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 - 12:12 am

California’s water remains in short supply, despite storms in the forecast. Government agencies rightly are asking us to conserve.

One step we can take is to collect rainwater.

The wooden rain barrel industry has fallen on hard times. But there are lots of efficient ways to collect gray water for plant watering, washing and other non-potable uses. Place buckets, cans, wading pools and whatever else under an eavestrough.

Small efforts will go a long way toward reducing your personal consumption, as state officials are asking for a 20 percent reduction in residential use.

California is at war with its weather patterns. Doing a small bit of personal water collection is a useful way to mitigate the drought around the house. Take some of the water and irrigate your garden or perhaps wash your car. We’ll win this battle, one bucket at a time.

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