There is nothing like a thirst-quenching rain like the one Los Angeles received last week to give us a small reprieve from the drought. My 'hood in the Santa Monica Mountains received more than 5 inches of rain -- more than we've seen in the past year combined. While we got a little break and nice drink, California is still very much in drought. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't be thinking of proactive ways to do our part.
As we saw last week, it may rain less during drought, but it does rain. Did you know that every time it rains an inch on your 1,000-square-foot roof, you could collect more than 600 gallons of water? What's that? Your roof is 2,000 square feet? Then you could collect almost 1,300 gallons for every inch of rain! This is what Jolly's Rain Catcher series is all about.
We've gotten some great water-themed haiku entries in response to this month's first contest, which ends tomorrow (March 7). The winner will first be announced on our Facebook page, so make sure to check it out this weekend.
Our second contest during this month's Dial D for Drought exhibition is designed to help you get started with rainwater harvesting.
Solve the rebus puzzle below and you could win a copy of the inspiring how-to book Harvest the Rain: How to Enrich Your Life by Seeing Every Storm As a Resource. What's a rebus puzzle, you ask? It's a riddle made up of letters, pictures or symbols that represents a word or phrase. Here are some examples. Hint: the rebus puzzle below has something to do with the theme of this month's show.
Once you've solved it, submit your answer by March 15 for your chance to win. A winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!