Conserve Water With a Rain Barrel

You can make your plants, the environment, and your wallet happy with a rain barrel. Rain water collected in the barrel is better for your plants than tap water, which may contain chlorine; it both conserves water and improves water quality by preventing run-off; and it saves money on your water bill.

Rain barrels can be made with a few inexpensive supplies (just Google it), or you can opt for something a little more aesthetic like this one I have that doubles as a planter. (Note that this is an Amazon affiliate link.) This barrel has two spigots – one at the bottom of the barrel, where I have a hose attached that drains straight into my pond when needed, and one about half-way up the barrel, where I fill up either a bucket or a watering can to water my potted plants. Just make sure you locate your barrel somewhere that you can easily use the water.

The impact of an individual barrel is small, granted, but the more popular barrels become, the more we can make a collective impact. I’m hoping to get two more going for the summer. They are particularly great in geographic areas that experience long dry-spells and occasional downpours.

If you have a rain barrel, did you make it or buy it? Where do you use the collected rainwater?

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