This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The London Gardeners' Weekly says:
" The supply of water to great towns is fast becoming what is termed a " question of the day." The first and principal object in supplying towns with water, as well as in removing town sewage, appears to be to fool away millions of money to the impoverishment of all who have to pay. It appears not yet to have dawned on the public mind that on every roof there falls enough water for the domestic needs of those whom the roof shelters. A few gardeners are so wise as to catch rain water, but no one thinks of doing the same for the good of the household. And yet rain water is the best water for every purpose, whether for cooking, washing or drinking, and may be obtained in plenty by the simple process of catching and saving it".
The suggestion is as valuable here as in England. Few know how easy it is to build watertight cisterns. The chief objection is that it is a labor to pump: and. water from the public works will run into one's houses by its own weight. But in many cases there are pieces of high ground not far away from the house where at a very small expense a "roof could be built, and the water collected there, the pipes running down to the building. Certainly many persons could be wholly supplied by water at much cheaper rates than the public works offer, and with less labor than the common pump, - though of course the vast majority are not so favorably situated.