Do-it-yourself drought busting

To the editor: Conspicuously missing from the analysis and advice provided by 10 water experts was a suggestion that all residents and businesses in California can together capture millions of gallons of what little rain falls by setting up collection systems on their properties. ("Shorter showers? Nine more ways the state has to change its water ways," op-ed, April 24) I have been doing this for decades, and even this very dry year I have collected close to 2,000 gallons of water, which I store in large barrels and use during the spring and summer for watering plants and trees. Inside the house, water is collected during showers and dishwashing to use for flushing toilets. ...