Rain barrels are an easy way to cut down on your home’s water consumption by using rainwater to water your gardens and lawn. They can be purchased from your local Lowes, Home Depot, or online. If you are feeling a little more creative and frugal, they can be made easily at home.
To make your own, you will need a large barrel (a 55 gallon plastic drum), a faucet, a screen filter, an extender tube, some concrete blocks, and some power tools. Materials should cost about $50 or less. There are four basic steps:
- Create drainage holes
- Ensure a water tight seal
- Insert a filter and elevate the barrel
- Attach your downspout to the rain barrel
With a new rain barrel installed in your home, you will be able to reduce your water bill for lawn and garden care. It is important to note that you will need to monitor your water levels to ensure your barrel does not overflow. However, this inexpensive installation is still an affordable way to reduce stormwater runoff around your home. Even the smallest actions can make a difference to your local watershed.
A full tutorial can be found here: DIY Network