As a follow up to my last post, today's deluge in Oakland might be going overboard. However, too much rain is never a bad thing in the Bay Area. We could definitely use the extra water in our reservoirs. And if you own a rain catchment system (like in this article), you're loving a day like this. Water is such a valuable resource yet it's one that we often overlook because it's so easily available to us. Want a drink of water? Just walk to the facet and turn it on. Want to wash a little bit of dirt off your hand? Let's run our hands under the facet for a minute. I bet you'd think twice if you had to actually GET your water from an external source and bring it into your home. If you've ever gone camping for a couple of days, you'll know what I mean.
Going back to the above article, I don't understand why ever house doesn't have some form of rain catchment system. The same water we use to drink, wash our vegetables, and shower is pretty much the same water we use to flush our toilets, water our lawn, and wash our cars. All water use is not created equal so why should the same high quality, triple sanitized and tested water go to satisfy all of our uses? The fact of the matter is that water is cheap - today. In the future, we might not be as lucky.