Although Nancy hasn’t increased her potable rainwater storage, she has added two 250-gallon tanks for use in landscaping. She also switched from grass that dies in drought to purple prairie clover for her small yard. This perennial native is drought-tolerant once established, with a deep root system capable of subsisting off erratic rainfalls and septic system discharge. As others fret over their wells running dry, Nancy can relax, knowing she has a more steady supply of water, and that she is helping recharge the diminishing aquifer.
Stephen Hren is a writer and builder living in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of Tales from the Sustainable Underground: A Wild Journey with People Who Care More About the Planet than the Law. Find out more at www.earthonaut.net.
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