Untapped Commodity

Untapped-CommodityBeing overwhelmed by the rains since Monday, I’m starting to find it a bit annoying as it seems every time I’m outside, it’s either raining or getting ready to rain. Still staying hopeful that we are not having a late repeat of last year’s overly wet weather. I pity the homeowners who are dealing with water in their basements at this time. The only thing I can say, is to get it dried up as fast as possible to ensure against future mold issues.

I can’t believe how many homes I have shown lately that don’t have de-humidifiers in their basements. With such high humidity levels, one really shouldn’t be without one running. Yes, they cause higher electric bills, but at least the dampness in basements is kept at a minimum.
The Western States are still enduring drought while we have an over-abundance of rain water. One thing many of the higher-end homeowners in California are installing in their yards, are rain water cisterns. During dry periods, the water can be pumped out to water lawns and gardens. Believe it or not, rain water cisterns were very common with higher end homes back before the turn of the century. I have a home listed that has an accessible cistern near the dwelling. Those cisterns were used to catch rain water for laundry and bathing due to it being more pure than well water.

I was speaking a bit crazy but with a thread of reality today. Wouldn’t it be beneficial to everyone if we could devise a high-tech way of collecting all the excess rain water from Iowa and have it shipped or pumped to other States that were in great need? In Roman times, there were aqueducts built that were upwards of 60 miles long. Can you imagine what modern ingenuity would have the ability to create? It just seems crazy to see all that clean rain water ending up in the Mississippi and subsequently dumped into the Gulf of Mexico. If we could find an inexpensive means of transporting water through out the United States, can you imagine how much our resources would be preserved as well as the increased productivity of agricultural land?

Whomever is the first person to create a way to cheaply collect and transport rain water will be a multi-millionaire overnight. Let’s all put our thinking caps on and find a way to market the untapped commodity of rain water.

Joe Chodur

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