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Oregon needs rain catches on every roof top. With Portland having 37.5 inches of rain a year , and rains 155 days year on average we can harvest alot of run off water. If households used rain catches and accumulated more than what they need- which would not be hard since household rainfall catchment systems are appropriate for areas with an average rainfall greater than 200mm per year. Portland has an average of 950mm rain a year. The possibilities are endless with water. Portland water bureau could regulate/set a standard for drinking water and test harvested tanks and barrels. They could be buying the unused water from the individual and reselling it for summer irrigations systems for farmers. The government could turn to the Northwest and set a standard for the system for drinking water, We could be sending this water to countries that are drying up. We could be selling the water to governments for agriculture not for personal profit but for money to make a system for clean drinking water all over the world. Depending on the world bank to help countries get clean drinking water is not the way to go. For every $1.00 the world bank loans out they get $1.30 in return. They are robbing these countries, and stealing their resources. We the individuals especially in the Northwest can do something. We could have mass rainwater sytems. We could be creating jobs working with natural solutions for droughts/for people going thirsty. Depending on governments/big corporations to provide these jobs is not how it WILL get done. This money could jump start a system where people are helping people, and profiting by something that has always been accessible all along.
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