There is an immediate need for water conservation because the world’s available supply of drinking water is shrinking – in fact, according to Population Action International, by the year 2025 there will be between 2.7 billion and 3.2 billion people who are living in water-scarce or water-stressed conditions. Right now there are only 600 million people who are living with water-scarcity. You can help conserve water with a rain barrel to help preserve the world’s drinking water supply.
If global warming persists at its current rate, a lot of the world’s most fertile land will be turned into arid deserts in the next few decades. Man-made creations are altering ground-water run-off patterns and introducing pollutants directly into the water table, further decreasing the availability of freshwater.
Each person consumes an average of 350 liters of water inside the home each day. Water use often increases up to 50% in the warm weather, due to lawn and garden watering. There are parts of the world that do not have any drinking water, yet much of our drinking water is wasted in our yard. Treated water doesn’t hold any benefits for plants, and is wasted when sprinkler systems are forgotten, or when plants have to be overwatered because they are not suitable for the local conditions.
One of the easiest things you can do to save water is to install a rain barrel, which hooks up to the downspout of your home to collect and store rain water until you need it in either your lawn or your garden. Rain barrels can both help the environment, and accentuate your backyard decor. For example, the depicted rain barrel is very well designed, with smooth clay-like contours, and an elegant crown planter on its top.