Global Water Cleveland?!

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So I’ve been an intern at City Hall in downtown Cleveland for roughly over six months now, and daily I’m constantly meeting and having insightful conversations about diverse topics such as race relations within our communities to the city hosting a variety of tourist-driven events to boost economic growth. Well, just a few days ago, as I was a part of an interesting conversation with a few social activist and we discussed the possibility of our beloved City of Cleveland [hopefully] becoming a viable resource for the international impact for sustainability of freshwater while contributing to the economic development of Northeast Ohio. Great idea, isn’t it!

In my recent research, I found that many people in Cleveland have been asking for years “what’s the city going to do with Lake Erie”, and I think the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission (CPC) has come up with a plan to answer that question. What I also learned is that the mission of the CPC is to “inform and provide services in support of the short and long-term comprehensive planning, quality of life, environment, and economic development of Cuyahoga County and its cities, villages and townships.” Currently, the need for land and water accessibility is essential in developing an increased quality of life in Cuyahoga County. Furthermore, the need of the county to be held accountable for its actions and to respond pro-actively to rapidly evolving economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes that are constantly occurring [locally & globally].

As my lunch break ended, I couldn’t help but acknowledge the fact that I, the intern [with an office in the basement], am too on the brink of excitement when it comes to social ingenuity coming to Cleveland, Ohio. I just hope this concept turns into reality as all these new medical facilities and  other major corporations anchor here, as we are uniquely positioned to do more with water conservation than ever imagined!

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Rain Harvesting (How to Collect Rainwater)

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In some parts of the world, collection of rain water is used as a main source of fresh water. In the United States, several states have been outlawing the practice and flushing away the rights of the land one incident at a time.

Figuring out how to collect rain water in an amount that would suffice your every day needs seems like a monumental task. According to Mike’s Backyard Nursery, it may not be as difficult as it seems.  Here are a few tips on how to collect rain water at home for both drinking and water conservation (D.I.Y):

1.) Research the Laws for Rainwater collection in your area

2.) Gather the proper tools & equipment.

3.) Separate your water supplies (internal from external)

4.) Seek professional assistance if the task becomes more of a burden than expected!

For more information and helpful tips, please click here!

the tips on how to collect rain water above should put you on the right path to start efficiently utilizing the most natural FREE water resource.  In future years, it is expected that methods of natural water collection will rapidly gain popularity around the globe as we shift towards a more green and self-sustaining Earth.  Be sure to check out more of the helpful tips posted up above; I’m sure once you complete this awesome project, you will become a pioneer in your neighborhood and an environmental maven in a growing global community!