Stand Alone Rainwater Harvesting System
The annual California Drought
by RainSaucers Inc. on May 10th, 2011

Sometimes they call California the "bread basket" of America referring to the abundant harvest of our crops. The moniker invokes images of a fertile rainy climate but in reality, our Agricultural capability is entirely man-made because it doesn't rain at all here during the growing season. The water for crops actually comes from the melting Sierra snowpack which is brought down South by the California aqueduct.
So while the East Coast folks and Southerners talk about drought as a couple of weeks without rain, to Californians drought is an annual 6 month ordeal.
The annual California Drought certainly diminishes the impact of Rainwater Harvesting. A rain barrel full in April can easily be depleted by May if you're not careful. More barrels is one solution. But a more elegant approach is the use of drip irrigation and drought tolerant plants. Tomatoes for example are on the low end of water usage. Some say they actually lose taste when they are overwatered.

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