Saving the day when power gets knocked out

When I was a kid, the power went out and it seemed like an adventure. My mother, who was quite creative in every aspect, made me a piece of toast by slowly moving over the top of a candle. That was fun.

Then I grew up.

When our power was knocked out by Hurricane Irene,  I was not amused.

But Rob Sedwin of Scotrun put his rain barrel to good use. The new president of the Brodhead Watershed Association wrote in his recent newsletter, “Who would have thought that my investment in a rain barrel would have so many benefits?”

He wanted to be a better steward of “his little piece of the watershed by conserving water and reducing runoff to nearby streams.”

The barrel on the side of his home is used for watering plants and giving water to the dogs when they go outside.

But after the hurricane, his family was left without power – and use of their well – for five days.

He said, “My family and I decided to stay the first two nights anticipating a quick return to our power. One or two days without showers were doable as long as our toilets were working. We brushed our teeth with bottled water (even though the guilt was almost overwhelming) but we were able to flush the toilets with water supplied by our faithful, always filled water barrel.”

How about that?

Now Rob is looking ahead to filter the water so he doesn’t ever have to depend on bottles of water.

“Thank you rain barrel and to the BWA for educating me on a great resource and practice that adds one more item to the list of reducing my carbon footprint and saving the water in the Brodhead Watershed,” Rob said.

Thank you Rob, for educating us.

PS, Rob says rain barrels similar to his are available through the BWA for $50. I’ve already put one on my Christmas wish list.

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