Discover Rain Barrels
Have you discovered rain barrels? Simply direct your gutters and downspouts into a rain barrel to collect rainwater. Ideally, your rain barrel should have an overflow hose and tap. You can use this water for watering landscape plants and potted containers and watering your vegetable patch.
The surface where rainwater falls is called a catchment area. For every inch of rain that falls on a catchment area of 1,000 square feet, you c expect to collect approximately 600 gallons of rainwater. Ten inches of rain falling on a 1,000 square-foot catchment area will generate about 6,000 gallons of rain water. If you have an average annual rainfall of 20 inches, you have the potential to collect 12,000 gallons of water each year.
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).