Interested in collecting your own rain water at home? Or, wondering why you might want to collect rain water in the first place? If you’re interested in saving money, gardening of any kind, and reducing pollution, then you may want to learn more about rain barrels!

It’s an inexpensive way to utilize a source so many of us have access to already, especially in the rainy summer months coming up. As reported by the instruction guide accompanying this video: “Most rain barrels hold about 217 litres (about 55 US gallons) while a 2000 sq ft roof can collect over 800 litres of rain during a heavy rainfall. On average in Vernon, over 5200 litres could be collecte d during the month of July. Residential outdoor water use in July is about 580 litres per day which adds up to a whopping 17,409 litres a month – rain could cover 30% of that water use!”

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While it’s not safe to use rain water for drinking, you can use it for many other purposes. Check out the video and full guide for more info and instructions!

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