With water comes life, beauty, sustainability, and responsibility. The most widely used irrigation methods are the five that this blog will cover. Mother nature provides the oldest way of watering, rainfall. Rain can be erratic from heavy downpours to sparse amounts. It needs to be controlled. The absence of regular rainfall throughout history has created conditions that have threatened farmers crops and even civilization's survival. There is very little we can do to control rain as it varies from year to year, season to season, and week to week. The need for water storage and irrigation ingenuity becomes necessary. Here are five techniques that have been developed to give all of us a chance to manage and benefit from this most precious commodity, water.