Sustainable living in Arkansas
Being sustainable isn't new, our forefathers knew about it, long before we came into the world. Perhaps they called it something entirely different, but they knew about it. They farmed, hunted, made use out of everything that they had. They lived smart and they survived.
Some Arkansans at Meadowcreek, an Ozark community, are finding out a few old tricks of the trade, on being self-sufficient, using sustainable resources. Even in other places like Fayetteville, Maumelle; Arkansas paces towards sustainability which makes so much sense- since this is "The Natural State." While other people in other areas of the state are finding additional ways to make strides and become more self-sufficient, by harvesting rain, powering up with solar energy, growing gardens, etc, etc.
In Benton, Arkansas, Robyn Cisar, store owner of a zero-waste marketplace, opened its doors on May seventh of this year. The store's main focus feature is sustainability. To find out more about the Meditating Market you can visit their Facebook web page https://www.facebook.com/MeditatingMarket. From my understanding the store allows you to bring in your containers to reuse/refill them with their products in their store. Which is a great way to cut down on wastes and is intelligent thinking.
Visualizing the worst scenarios isn't the fondest thing that anyone enjoys. However, not being equipped to handle situations in desperate times, such as long-term power outages, water shortages, etc, can be quite devastating in the least. For example, just think of what the outcome would be like if your vegetable garden perished because of the lack of water supply to keep the plants alive. If the loss of your garden occurred, it would be entirely disastrous (being that it is your main food source). So, this is one scenario where rain harvesting is beneficial.
Even though the Federal Government has zero laws or restrictions regarding rainwater collecting, in some states it's illegal. However, Arkansas isn't one of them. The fact is, residents who want to set up a rainwater collecting system on their private property can do so without facing any legal consequences, given that the residents of Arkansas stick to the state's codes and guidelines for harvesting rainwater on their property.
Rainwater harvesting in Arkansas does have a few minor restrictions though. First, collected rainwater can only be used for non-drinking purposes. The other restrictions include that the harvesting system has to be designed by a licensed professional in Arkansas and that the system is constructed with appropriate safeguards and complies with the Arkansas Plumbing Code.
While it's not acceptable to drink the rainwater that is collected in Arkansas, it can be used for many other things. Such as watering flower beds, watering both fruit and vegetable gardens, washing vehicles, watering the grass, cleaning, etc, etc. Rainwater is considered non-potable. What this means is that the rainwater is not safe for human consumption, because it's not been treated. By comparison, harvesting rainwater can save individuals money across the board. And since gallons upon gallons of city and rural water gets wasted daily by millions of people, collecting and using rainwater instead of using tap water for everything is by far more eco-friendly.
It's nice to always be prepared, and having a backup source for water and electricity is rather crucial. Basically, in today's world, backup alternatives can be easily achievable with a little more work and understanding.