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We Started Water Harvesting. Finally. 

Last Spring we bought this water harvesting barrel, and never got to setting it up. It was quite easy. Here's a beak down of what we did. 

1. Pick a Place. 2. Measure barrel (to the top of the barrel). 3. Cut drain (to the point you measured) 4. Put the Barrel under the drain 5. Enjoy.

Like I said, seriously simple. So why are we water harvesting? Here are our top 10 reasons we water harvest!

#1 It was super simple to get started!

#2 It's free (almost) and there is so much of it! For every inch of rain on a 2K squarefoot roof, 1,250 gallons of water can be reused. Pretty awesome.

#3 Most people use 3K gallons of water a week to maintain their lawn, we figure, waste not want not. The grass is happy and we save 1/2 the gallons with just one barrel. Plus, it's better for landscape growth!

#4 This leads to......reduced water bills!

#5 It's a small action that makes a large impact. 

#6 Water harvesting is easy to maintain. You don't need to buy a bunch or replenish filters.

#7 It doesn't take up a lot of space, yet holds a lot of water.

#8 It provides an emergency supply of water.

#9 It's convenient because we don't have a hose where we want to plant some beds.

#10 We don't feel bad "wasting" water.



Reader Comments (5)

Hey, I was looking into this too but worried about mosquitos and bug. Have you noticed more mosquitos as a result of the sitting water in the rain barrel now?

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

@kelly hi! you can buy these little mosquito repellants and put them ON TOP of the barrel (not IN) and they have worked so far. We also go them on Amazon. Hope this helps!

Such a cool and thrifty idea. You can also save money from using your water in watering your plants.

Such a cool and thrifty idea. You can also save money from using your water in watering your plants.

You have a very nice idea. You need an alternative way to make it good again. Great post !

June 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterplumbing fittings

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