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Thursday, 25 September 2008

They catch rain to save Florida's H20

Sept. 26, 2008

By Amy K.D. Tobik

When the skies opened up to afternoon showers during the Oviedo Butterfly and Nature Art Show at Lukas Nursery this past weekend, Gabby Milch jumped into action. "Rain barrels are an old technology come anew," Milch said as she swiftly rearranged the collection of 55-gallon cisterns on display.

It was only a matter of minutes before a considerable amount of water accumulated in the large black drum. "For every half inch of rain per 1,000-square-foot area, you can get 55 gallons of water," Milch said with a big smile. The fresh rainwater is free of chlorine and other additives so it is ideal for establishing new plants, flower and vegetable gardens and any potted plants, Milch explained. Harvesting rainwater for personal use also helps reduce storm water pollution since the water doesn't wash contaminants into the drains and ultimately into lakes and rivers.
outreach boothMilch, president of Milch & Associates of Longwood, a company that advises communities about alternative, ecologically friendly methods of business, joined members of the Seminole Soil and Water Conservation District at an information booth to educate visitors about rainwater harvesting and conservation.
Seminole Soil and Water Conservation District Group 2 Supervisor Steve Barnes was also on hand to make residents aware of the current local water crisis.
"Central Florida is a pretty bad area for waste," Barnes said. "One of the biggest problems is that we use more than half of our residential water on lawns."
It is wasteful to use the potable water, water that has been treated, filtered, chlorinated and sometimes fluorinated to water the grass. "It's like watering your lawn with beer," Barnes said with a laugh.
If people don't start conserving, Barnes warned, money will have to be spent on pricey and ecologically risky measures, such as taking water from the St. John's River or creating desalinization plants to utilize ocean water. Taxes may have to be increased in order to lay pipes and to convert to desalinization. While these options may be inevitable in the long run, Barnes said he aspires to postpone such measures with conservation.
Currently, Seminole County relies on pumped groundwater found in the spaces between soil particles and rocks for drinking water. The use of residential irrigation cisterns, such as the ones on display over the weekend, will help ease the reliance on groundwater and educate people on conservation, which in turn may make the difference for the future of Florida's water supply, Barnes said. As residential growth continues, too much reliance on the groundwater withdrawals could eventually impact the lakes, springs and wetlands.
Unfortunately, conserving water has becomes a matter of priorities. One local family, Barnes told visitors at the booth, used 89,000 gallons of water one month, while his own family of four with a swimming pool used only 4,000 gallons. "They are taking something that doesn't really belong to them," Barnes said. "[The water] belongs to us and our kids and our grandkids."
A water cistern can be purchased online or made at home by using a 55-gallon food-grade plastic barrel (recycled plastic if possible), hose bib, Teflon screening, Teflon tape, bungee cord, PVC glue and an adapter for overflow. Milch, along with Vicki DeSormier, Seminole Soil and Water Conservation District associate supervisor, decorated some of the cisterns used at the nature and art show with painted flowers and renderings of impressionistic works of art to beautify the yard. "It's a nice way to have art and utility combined," Milch said.
People get excited, Milch said, when they see how much water accumulates in the cistern. When they begin to keep track of rainfall versus usage, they start to understand the importance of conservation and use less water overall, Milch added.
"The Florida aquifer is one of the richest sources of fresh water in the world, it is irreplaceable — there have been wars to have the kind of water we have," Barnes said. "We get almost 60 inches of rain a year, which is higher than most places in the U.S. And we still have this chronic shortage — and it's not because we don't have enough water," Barnes said. "It's not a shortage of water — it's a shortage of leadership. There is plenty of water to go around if we manage it properly."
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