It wasn't until I moved into the country, I truly grasped just how precious water is. We are no longer on town supply water and the days of long showers and water sprinklers on the lawn are a thing of the past.. along with the stench of chlorine and the unwanted ingestion of fluoride,neither of those things I miss.. We are now reliant on tank water. All the water we use is collected from rain run off from our house and shed roofs. We have a main tank which holds around 18,000 litres and when that one is full it overflows into another tank which holds around 15,000 litres. We have the ability to pump the main tank water up the hill to a third tank which holds around 8,000 litres of water. This may sound like a lot of water, but if it is not used sensibly it becomes a lot less than we need for a year.
About 4 months ago, I made a dreadful mistake, leaving a valve open on the smaller tank and we lost the whole 8,000 litres. It is gravity feed, so it slowly flowed back down the pipe and soaked into the garden. My first clue was yanking out a weed and there was water dripping off the roots. I still did not click to what had happened, until I went to run some water to the chooks and not a drop was to be found. It was a real set back and a huge learning curve for me, a mistake I will never make again, on the upside, we found we had a leak in the underground pipe running up to it.
We have two free standing 1000 litre tanks, that collect water off the chook shed roof, this is for the vegetable garden and poultry. However, we live in an area where summer is very hot and winter can be pretty cold and dry. This winter was lacking in a lot of rain, so the water tanks sit empty up the back and after a couple at 45 degrees Celsius days ( 114.4 degrees Fahrenheit) my vegetable garden is a dust bowl. Everything burnt to a crisp, it is a big ask, even of even a well watered to flourish after a fiery blast.
Much of Australia is suffering serious drought conditions. I have started a smaller garden closer to the house, where I can use clean waste water and use a watering can to keep it growing well, not to mention a large redundant golf umbrella to shade it on hot days.. I will post about this garden later on..
|Rain falling on the outdoor table|
But yesterday, it rained. Not huge amounts, 18ml but you could hear the earth sigh, as the rain came down. The plants around the yard perked up as it sucked up the life giving fluid. It smells wonderful.
It is drizzling again today. Everything is looking lovely and it has left everything feeling cool and refreshed.