Using a Rain Barrel

Conserving Water Is Easy
Water conservation is important to preserve our fresh water supply. There are many outdoor water-saving tips that can be used to help save on tap water use. One way is to use rain barrels or catchers to collect and store rainwater from rooftops for lawn and garden use. Rain barrels can also conserve water, help reduce water bills, and reduce pollution by reducing storm water runoff.

The water collected in the rain barrel would normally flow off the roof or through roof gutters and downspouts becoming storm water runoff. Depending on the house location, this runoff can travel onto paved surfaces and eventually into a storm drain.

Rain Barrel Usage
Rain barrels can be used to save water for plants during dry periods. They can also be arranged to slowly release the collected rain fall to areas that can soak up the water, reducing storm water runoff and increasing groundwater recharge.

The good news is that rain barrels are easy to install, operate and maintain. Ready-made rain barrels can be purchased from local suppliers or online.