More and more, North Texas residents are installing rain barrels to collect rainwater that would otherwise become runoff. The rooftop of a 1,500-square-foot home can collect almost 500 gallons of water from just a half-inch of rain. This is free water that can be directed toward your lawn. Furthermore, rainwater can help improve the health of your landscapes since rain is a natural soft water, free of chemicals. Harvesting rainwater not only helps the environment, it saves you money. Water collected in your rain barrel can be used for watering your landscapes, washing your car, and many other uses that would normally add up on your water bill. The use of a rain barrel will save an average homeowner about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Additionally, other than not watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., watering restrictions do not apply to water collected in your rain barrel.
Most hardware stores and garden supply stores carry rain barrels in a variety of sizes. Many of our member cities offer rain barrel rebates as part of their environmental education programs. It is also fairly simple to make your own rain barrel. For more information about rain barrels and how to use them, check out this link. Install your own rain barrel and start saving money and water now!