Rain barrels collect rainwater. They usually consist of a plastic storage container with a lid, a system that diverts water into the barrel, an overflow that diverts water away from the house, a screen to keep out debris, and a water spigot to which a hose can attach.
Uses for Rainwater in Rain Barrels
Lawn and garden watering.
Cleaning patio furniture and windows.
Replenishing water features.
Benefits of Rain Barrels
Harvesting rainwater can reduce your use of potable water and save you money.
Collected water helps recharge groundwater when used on lawns and gardens.
Collected water reduces stormwater pollution such as sediment, oil, grease, bacteria and nutrients, by diverting runoff away from impervious surfaces such as roofs and driveways.