More and more homeowners are installing rain barrels to collect water off their roofs. What explains this growing trend? Rain barrels
- Are good for the environment – they keep rain water from washing pollutants into local streams. They also help stop flooding and erosion.
- Save you money on your water bill.
- Save drinking water for drinking!
- Look great!
Rain barrels come in a variety of sizes, from 30 gallons to 100 gallons. Rain barrels can be added to any building that has gutters and downspouts. Each barrel has an outlet that can be connected to a garden hose to allow you to water your lawn and gardens. Rain barrels also have overflow outlets that can be directed to a native plant garden or rain garden on your property or into a grassy area away from the house foundation.
Because rain barrels benefit water quality and wildlife, your plans must be approved by the city or county before you install a rain barrel.