In our area on the south coast of British Columbia we have been having unseasonably hot, dry weather. May was the driest on record and June’s 11 mm (.4″) rainfall was 80% below normal. This leaves me a little concerned about our well. It has never gone dry but I don’t recall this type of weather since we have lived here.
The other day I was at the sink and I thought I would do a little experiment. I tacked a pipe outside the kitchen window and put a 9 liter (2 gallon) bucket underneath. I placed a funnel on the top of the pipe and put a bowl in the sink. Instead of water going down the sink it now collects in the bowl which is poured into the funnel. I pour the collected water into our watering can and water around the garden.
It is amazing how much water accumulates in a day – just washing your hands, waiting for the water to turn hot, rinsing a cup, etc. I don’t keep the dirtiest water (it goes to a soapbox and feeds the trees) but even so I’m collecting close to 8-10 gallons a day and the garden is much happier for it.
Later in the year I have plans for rain water collection system and perhaps I can improve the project to incorporate gray water but for now we just need rain.