These days it’s important to save water wherever you reside. Everyone should be looking for ways to save water round the house. Whether that’s by taking showers rather than bathes or setting up a rain barrel in your back yard.
A rain barrel is a container that captures and stores rainwater draining from your roof. Barrels usually range from 50 to 80 gallons. Combining the use of rain barrels with appropriate plant selection and mulching promotes water conservation. Rain barrels benefit your home, garden and community.
Rain barrels save homeowners money on their water bills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that garden and lawn irrigation accounts for 40 percent of residential water use during the summer. By using rain barrels, homeowners can save 1,300 gallons of water during the growing season. The Southwest Florida Water Management District states that a half-inch of rain fills a typical 50- to 55-gallon rain barrel. Connecting multiple barrels maximizes rain capture. Rain barrels provide a free water source for irrigation and ease reliance on the city’s water supply.