If you would like to make use of rainwater in your home garden, consider using a rain barrel! A rain barrel is typically a 55 gallon drum that collects and stores rainwater flowing off a roof, allowing you to use the water for your plants, flowers or vegetables. Rain barrels can be made at home or purchased ready-made at the store.
Rain barrels are a wise investment because they provide both environmental and economic benefits. Storing rainwater aids in the reduction of stormwater runoff, which can lead to reduced levels of pesticides and fertilizers in stormwater ponds, streams, and lakes. A rain barrel can help reduce the amount of water that could settle at the foundation of your home. Rain barrels also have the potential to save you money over a certain period of time by decreasing your dependence on municipal water and lowering your monthly water bill.
According to the U.S. EPA, lawn and garden watering make up almost 40 percent of total household water use during the summer. With that being said, a rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. View more benefits and other useful information here.
Still have questions? Take a peek at this video from the U.S. EPA on the benefits of using a rain barrel. Find out how to make a rain barrel or where to purchase a ready-made rain barrel if do-it-yourself is not for you!