Owning a few rain barrels is important if you want to collect rain water. Most rain barrels can hold up to 55 gallons of water. This may seem like a lot, but you will find yourself using the water extremely quickly.
You can use the rain water you collect to water your flowers. Some people may use the water to keep their vegetable or herb garden moist however, this may not be the best idea. Most roofs on homes are treated with chemicals, which may not be safe if you have an edible garden.
Collecting rain water and using it for your yard can save you money on your water bills. You can save up to 18 cents each time your rain barrel is filled. Even though this seems like a little amount of money, it all adds up quickly depending on how much it rains in your area.
Rain barrels are being made much better now than they were years ago. The old method of making rain barrels were simply large wooden buckets. Now they are made in fiberglass, which will not rot when its wet and you can attach a hose to the end of them to make watering your garden a lot easier.
Rain water will collect a lot faster than you think. It may seem like just little drops, but all of the rain dropping together really add up. Just one inch of rain pouring down on a roof can fill up to 600 gallons of water. This is quite a lot of water to use on beautiful flower garden.
In many cultures where water is scarce, people use their rain water as drinking water. This is not recommended as rain water may contain harmful pollutants that are dangerous to your health. If you must drink rain water, it is important to filter it first. Storing portable water is a great idea for emergency use. Also using this water for your goats, cows and horses is a wonderful idea.
While you can simply place a rain barrel underneath your gutter, you can also install the barrels to make the system look neater. Saw a piece off of the down spout on the gutter and place a flexible down spout inside. This flexible piece will allow the water to flow where you need it to. Connect your diverter into the flexible piece so the water can easily flow without spilling onto your grass.