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Harvesting Oregon’s bumper crop — rain

(news photo)“Why are we using chlorinated, treated water for watering our plants and yards and flushing our toilets, when we could get 70 percent of the water from rain captured from the roof?” wonders Klock, senior resource conservationist for the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District.

“A typical 1,000-square-foot roof in the Portland area can capture 30,000 gallons of rainwater a year, he says.

“With more people moving into the Portland area, and agriculture a major industry in the Willamette Valley, the amount of available ground water is diminishing.”

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