How to Collect Rainwater

Cost: Medium ($100 to $500)

Commitment: Medium

Green Impact: 5 out of 5

Forty percent of a typical U.S. household's summer water consumption goes toward tending the lawn and garden, according to the EPA. 

Catching and using rainwater by placing a rain barrel beneath your gutter downspouts can save an average of 1,300 gallons during this season and reduces stormwater runoff. 

This Casata barrel ($199, homedepot.com) holds up to 65 gallons and has a planter on top and a garden hose hook-up on the bottom.

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Comments (2)

  • Arthur in the Garden- 23 Jun, 2011

    Wow, pcsiris, that's crazy!!

  • pcsiris 15 Apr, 2011

    I live in Denver, CO. Denver Water Dept. does not allow us to collect rain water. Is that the most ridiculous thing you have ever heard?
    Patty Sutton

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