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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

some things in life are free

today i started to write more on obamacare and my venture into
signing up
on the government shutdown
ive decided to wait a few days to let things slow down before i
venture back on the www.healthcare.gov website to restart my
application for my obamacare insurance
i think weve all heard enough about the government shutdown
we all are mad about it no matter our political persuasion

after all they are sent there to govern and take care of us
i agree with some facebook postings that i know 550 people
in washington that should not get paid
dont you

so today i want to write about something that is free to all who
want to use it
you know there is not many things that are free any more
for now
as the government as i blogged about lately is wanting to tax it
and even regulate it

thats rainwater collection
here at the country n we have been collecting rainwater for
our home use and garden irrigation now for almost 10 years
there is no charge for me to have the water
run off my metal roofs
go down the downspout after running through a foam filter in
my gutters
run into a 300 gallon first flush tank that catches any debri
go down a 4 inch pipe to my 2500 gallon tank thats connected to
21000 gallons of tanks
where it goes through a sock filter to catch if anything in the water

there it sits until we turn on the water faucet
the water flows through a check valve that keeps it from having
backflow back into my collection tanks
goes through my water pump
which forces the water under pressure through a 15 micron filter
a 5 micron filter a 5 micron carbon filter to a ultraviolet light
which sterilizes the water
we then catch the water in our glass and drink it

the cost of the water is zero
of course there are start up costs
filter changes every 4 months with the initial filter change every month
the electrical cost of having the pump run when the water is turned on

but its nice to know
that im drinking water that is pure
not contaminated
no chlorine etc added
and its free to collect
for now

this week i will put compost on my wife shes fall garden at her school
will help my cowgirl sisterinlaws school plant their initial fall garden

when i am at the schools and when i look at the schools roof on google
all i can think about is man that is a lot of square footage that
could be collecting rainwater

for each 1000 square foot of roof you can collect 600 gallons of rainwater
multiply that by your kids schools roof area and
folks thats an awful lot of water
that runs out onto the ground
down the sidewalk
into the street
down the street gutters into the sewer system

what if they when they built these new schools
these mansions that costs millions
added rainwater collection and used that water to irrigate the landscape
especially those football sports fields
flush the toilets etc
the maybe sell the excess to the city etc

there are so many schools in this area
heck we might be able to fill up these lakes that are getting empty

once the initial cost of setting up the catchment system there would
be little cost after that

so there are things in this world that are free
the other is sunlight
wonder if they could put panels on those roofs
and use that electricity

naw all that makes too much sense doesnt it

the organicgreen doctor


  1. We found a natural spring in our water front creek, we had the water tested, its cleaner than the water we drink, we hooked up a pump to it and use it for our plants and pool. We also have solar panels. I feel what you are sayin. L Crowley