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Originally posted by Nomadmonkey
This is B.S IMHO. OOh: Help me my hubby left poor little ol me all alone..I Prayed and the good lawd he did help me. Lawdy lawdy..
Originally posted by Casing
reply to post by jibeho
I seriously debated about the portable washer. My problem with it is (a) money - I dont have $50 to spare! (b) I had read several of the reviews for it and I dont have the funds to find out if that plastic handle is as sturdy, or not, as they say and (c) $4 spent on a plunger and 13 gal garbage can seemed a better investment as can be utilized for other areas (ie: in a rainstorm can use the garbage can to catch MORE water!)
But it sure seems like a nifty little contraption!!!!!
Also I make my own laundry soap which is low / no suds also, from borax, washing soda, and soap (garden friendly). The issue was my hubby is also on a job leveling a house and crawling underneath it. He would come home FILTHY. Also daughter was in athletics and, well, gym clothes can get pretty rank . Not to mention in a house that was getting to 95 degrees, well took more to wash the clothes than I anticipated I would change out the water when I could not see the plunger after about 4 inches. eewww.
A note about the soap also. With the same ingredients I can wash dishes (adding some unsweetened lemonade drink mix - citric acid), clean and disinfect counters, floors and bathrooms with a minimum of supplies. I really like being able to use products and materials for more than one or two things.
It works for me anyway
We can learn a lot from Bermuda when it comes to water — especially rainwater.
A visit to that lovely island far out in the Atlantic taught me a lesson in what can be done when there is no underground aquifer, no rivers and no lakes from which to obtain water.
Given that situation, the folks in Bermuda, some 65,000 people, turn to the sky for their water needs. Roofs throughout the country are designed to collect rain and large tanks and cisterns store it for future use. By law, all new construction must include rainwater harvesting adequate for the residents.
In the residence hall where we stayed, our shower flowed in a sporadic dribble that certainly conserved water. Whether that was by design or because of the ancient plumbing, I’m not sure. But there were notices posted which explained the importance of conserving water and I was told most residents take water conservation very seriously.
also learned that all birds are not viewed with delight in Bermuda, especially pigeons which congregate on roofs and poop in great quantities. That poop has to be filtered out of the water and pigeons are considered a public nuisance. I’m told raccoons pose a similar problem for collection systems in Hays County.
My own rainwater collection efforts are quite paltry. I utilize plastic garbage cans to collect roof runoff to water my outside potted plants. But compared to people in Bermuda, I am a rank amateur.
By law, homeowners there must keep catchments, tanks, gutters, pipes, vents and screens in good repair. Roofs are commonly repainted every two to three years and storage tanks must be cleaned at least once every six years.
Catchments are whitewashed with white latex paint since the paint must be free of metals which might leach into water supplies. While there is municipal water to supplement individual storage, almost every roof is designed for rainwater collection.
Bermuda’s average rainfall is about 60 inches a year and I noticed many roofs had wedge-shaped “glides” laid to form sloping gutters. These gutters divert rainwater into vertical leaders and then into storage tanks. In addition to filtration, systems utilize parabolic solar cookers and solar water disinfection to make water safe to drink.
In addition to saving water, I was informed the white roofs can cut air conditioning bills about 15 percent. Not a bad combination.
The population of Texas is expected to double in the next 50 years. It is predicted water will become as valued a commodity as oil is today, and that areas will thrive or die based on water supply.
One would hope that our country — and our state and county — might lead the way in devising new and innovative solutions to declining water supplies.
A good place to start might be with captured rainwater. It certainly works in Bermuda.