Is a Rainwater HOG the Solution to California's Water Shortage?
Who ever thought of a Rainwater HOG?
The Rainwater HOG was the innovation of Sally Dominguez, an Australian architect and inventor who didn't think that the rainwater barrel fit aesthetically into her designs. Due to the climate in parts of Australia rainwater harvesting is a hot topic as it is in other arid climates around the world. Sally was looking for function and a form that fit in with the visual effect she wanted to create.
While I kind of like the antique flavor of the old time rainwater barrel, it doesn't always fit in with a modern motif. The "building block" appearance of the Rainwater HOG allows them to be able to fit together and take up less space. As you can see from the picture above they can even be completely hidden beneath the floor of a porch or parking structure.
This makes the Rainwater HOG a somewhat unique member of the rainwater harvesting techniques since most of the others are barrel or tank shaped. They are also very light and can easily be carried by a woman of slight build. Sally designed them this way for ease of installation.
When I first saw them I found them quite interesting, but when I found out they were designed by a woman I was impressed because this is an area one doesn't expect a woman to excel in. I personally think she did a good job.
The installation of the Rainwater HOG
The water shortage in California
As I have mentioned before in California we have a water shortage right now. It is not so much that it hasn't rained, although they do say it never rains in Southern California, it is, however more the fact that what rain we did get went down the cement storm drains and out to the Pacific. If you ever saw the LA River you know that it is a cement trench that is usually nearly dry. This doesn't allow a lot of water to seep into the ground.
By using Rainwater harvesting techniques like the Rainwater HOG we could have kept some of this water for local use like watering the lawn or washing the car. I just happen to like the HOG because it is different, but any old rain water barrel would do. The point is that we can be in control of our water supply to some degree and we don't have to depend on the weather to solve all of our problems.
Now is the Rainwater HOG the solution to all of California's water problems? Probably not, but it couldn't hurt.
Rainwater HOG makes the news
- This is an Incredible deal for a Rainwater HOG.
The suggested retail on these is 350.00, but the shipping is 110.00. These are on sale for $380.00 with free shipping. A contractor can't buy them for that. It probably won't last long but if you are in the market you should check it out.