|The simple, no frills barrel.|
|Well-plumbed barrel from BRING.|
|Sink-side water pitchers|
The rain barrels are more than just about storage they are visual string-around-the-finger reminders when it comes to water use and consumption. When it rains we think of them filling and when it does not we feel them emptying as we tap the sides and track their levels down to the bottom. We feel them and our stewardship of these barrels connects us with our water and makes us more likely to fill our sink-side pitchers as we wait for the water to warm for dish washing, wear “clerty” clothes (i.e., not quite clean and not yet dirty) and be less inclined to flush the mellower yellow parts of our lives. And we are hell on leaks and have become much more comfortable with dirty cars.
|Per capita water use in California.|
|Where the water goes in Portland.|