Another reason we need rain is to refill my pond. In the past, I've filled it when it gets low by running a hose out from the house from the treated water system, since the outside, untreated water is filled with iron, which precipitates to the top of the pond and looks brown and ugly. But the guy who installed our water treatment equipment scolded me about doing that; it's too much for the system. I wasn't sure how I would be able to add water to the pond, but then I had an idea: I ran a corrugated pipe from our garage downspout into the pond when it rained this spring, and it added a couple of inches of water. Here are some photos of my pond-filling system:
|The connection to the downspout. I need to prop up the pipe so that it|
doesn't disconnect when it gets heavy with water. It may look jerry-rigged,
but it gets the job done.
|Storm clouds brewing... will they bring rain? (I laid down the benches in anticipation of winds, so they don't end up in the pond, again...).|
Will this be a third drought summer? Or will some rain help us out? Here's hoping.... Thanks for reading! -Beth