Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Home Grown: Saving Rainfall.

When summer arrives, gardeners will wish they could have saved some of the rain that ran down their driveways in the spring. A University of Georgia scientist is studying ways people can do just that.

"Outdoor use is a major component of the total water demand for urban areas," said Rose Mary Seymour, a UGA agricultural engineer. "But in times of drought and water restrictions, landscape irrigation will most likely be a low priority for potable water supplies."

Seymour, a researcher in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has found that using rainwater can reduce the amount of drinkable water used for irrigation.

"Captured rainwater is of suitable quality to be used for irrigation if the rain falls on relatively clean, impermeable areas," she said. "Collecting rainwater in a retention area also helps remove nutrients and other pollutants and recharges the groundwater."

Continued at... Saving Rainfall.

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Artwork: God's Rain by Brad Haugaard.

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