How to Collect Rainwater
Reduce your water bill and be friendly to the environment when you collect your own natural rainwater.
Reduce your water bill and be friendly to the environment when you collect your own natural rainwater for use in your garden and on your lawn.
With a private rainwater collection center, you will never need to worry about watering restrictions or drought and will be able to keep a beautiful yard, no matter what the summer weather brings. Your plants will remain hydrated all season long.
The easiest way to collect rainwater is with a rain barrel that catches the rain water run-off from your roof. You can purchase a ready made kit; the best ones contain a mesh top and a convenient spigot from which to fill your watering cans. Expect to pay close to $70 for a deluxe rain barrel.
Of course, you can make your own rain barrel for free, using an old trash can. Just cut a hole in the lid of the can for the gutter downspout.
A standard rain barrel holds 60 gallons of rain water, which is usually enough to supply water to several large flower beds or a typical lawn. Just an inch of rainfall from the roof should fill it up.
Some homeowners opt to create a system of several barrels that are integrated together. This allows for greater water storage.
When installing a rain water collection system, you’ll get better results if you do a little preparation before placing the rain barrels. Dig out a four-inch area and fill it with pea gravel. Next, place a cement cinder block on top of the gravel and level it out. This is your base. Place the rain barrel on top of the block. Raising the rain barrel increases the water pressure slightly, and allows for easier use of the spigot. Plus, if there is overflow from the rain collection barrel, the pea gravel will drain the water away from your home’s foundation.