Build a Barrel or Buy One
What is a rain barrel?
A rain barrel is a simple way to harvest rainwater by collecting water runoff from your roof. Most rain barrels hold approximately 55 gallons of water.
Where do I put it?
Rain barrels can be used anywhere water flows off your roof. Many houses have gutters and a rain barrel can be attached to the downspout. You can also collect rain off of your roof, even if you don’t have gutter. Position the barrel near a valley in your roof where water is directed and flows off the roof.
How can I use the water?
Water collected in rain barrels is devoid of chemicals and treatments including fluoride and chlorine and is therefore better for the lawn or garden. You can attach a garden hose, soaker hose, or use a watering can under the spigot. The water should not be used for drinking.
Why should I use one?
The average person living in the watershed of the St. Johns River uses approximately 140 gallons a day and more than 50% of that water is for outdoor use. An inch of rain produces 625 gallons of water runoff from a 1,000 square-foot roof. You can conserve hundreds of gallons of water with every inch of rain and lower your water bill!