Liquid Assets: How to Save and Use Your Rainwater.
Saving rainwater is like putting money in the bank. It's free, and the more of it you use,
the less often you have to turn on your hose. Depending on where you live, that can be a big
savings. Best of all, capturing rainwater is easy to do.
How to Capture Your Rainwater
While some people put in complicated underground storage systems, the easiest method to
capture rainwater is to divert your downspout into a barrel. You can use a plastic barrel, an
old-fashioned oak barrel, or a designer cistern. It just depends on how you want it to look in
your yard. You can find different kinds of barrels at your local garden center.
Tapping Your Rainwater
Now that you've captured it, how do you get at it? The easiest method to get at your new
liquid treasure trove is to dip a watering can into your barrel and sprinkle your garden with
it. Another method is to put a tap in the bottom of your barrel, and attach a drip line that
runs to your garden. The water pressure in the barrel is strong enough to push water through
the hose, saving you work. Either way, you'll be using a precious resource that would otherwise
go down the drain.