John C Daley wrote:I see your area has about 530mm of rain annually.
Thats about what I live with in Australia.
My signature has a link to a topic about collecting and using rainwater.
The biggest single improvement you can do is to get rainwater tanks, not barrels.
My tanks hold 22,000L each and will overflow at times.
These tanks cost about US$2900, plus sand underneath and fittings.
Its very affordable compared with wells.
Others will no doubt argue with meBUT, I have years of experience.
They may argue;
- its unsafe
- its illegal-
- you will not get enough water volume
I can tell you after working in North America for 10 years promoting rainfall use, those arguments are not true.
Barbara Allen wrote:Again thanks to ya'll for your good answers and trying to help me. I have been looking into the articles and websites that were suggested.
As a single, older woman most of these things I can't just go out and do. Not that some single, older woman couldn't, but just me I can't.
I am staying hopeful. I think it is sooo amazing the things that have been done with permaculture and greening the desert principles. I would love to do it here.
I have a storage tank now and regulators, new pump, etc so I have adequate water for household use and few veggies.
So if ya'll know of anyone wanting to move out this way. let me know. It's gives me great hope to know of all the folks out there working for good permaculture ideas!