Originally published Jan. 27, 2010
We here at the OB Rag have been complaining for awhile now that even though we live in a coastal desert, there is no wide-spread effort to collect the rainwater that falls on our parched paradise. There is no government encouragement for it, our culture doesn’t support it – and we waste the opportunity every time it rains – and floods like it did last week.
Well, there’s a woman in Point Loma who is showing us how to do it. Cielo Foth has installed huge storage tanks and 44-gallon trash cans in her backyard to collect rainwater – which she uses for her garden.
Today’s Union-Tribune had the article describing different efforts by individuals around the County. Reporter Mike Lee stated:
In March, Cielo Foth installed two rain tanks at her Point Loma home to capture more than 2,220 gallons for her elaborate garden. She has since bought nine 44-gallon garbage cans to increase capacity. She figured the recent storms gave her enough water for 2½ months of irrigation.
“I don’t want the city telling me how much water to use on my fruit trees,” Foth said. “It actually feels great to be watering when I want to, using the rain.”
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