Did you know….that collecting rainwater for use during dry months in rain barrels or other depositories is an ancient and traditional practice? Historical records show that rainwater was collected in simple clay containers as far back as 2,000 years ago in Thailand, and throughout other areas of the world after that. With the rising price of municipal water and drought restrictions now facing California, more and more homeowners are turning to the harvesting of rainwater to save money and protect this precious natural resource.
Our local government will give you money to start collecting rain water!!! Both the City of San Diego and the Metropolitan Water District are offering “Rain Barrel” Rebate Programs that will help you reduce the cost of setting up a rain water collection system at your home. Take advantage of this free money before funds dry up!
The City of San Diego website states that a 1,000 sq. ft. roof surface captures 625 gallons of water for every 1 inch of rain that falls. Collecting and re-using rainwater from gutters and downspouts for lawns and gardens minimizes the amount of water flowing into your storm drains, sewer systems and local waterways. Plants and microbes prefer rainwater because it is naturally “soft” and free of chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals, plus you save a considerable amount of money on your water bill each year especially with the impending water rate increase for all Californians.
Most people think of the blue or green barrels that most do-it-yourselfers have been using for years … times have changed and rain water collection barrels have been designed to enhance your homes appearance. As you can see, by these photos with a little creative freedom your options are limitless!