A 1,000 sq. foot rooftop produces about 600 gallons of runoff during a one-inch rainfall. You can capture that water to use in your home garden with a rain barrel. A rain barrel is a large container that collects and stores rainwater from roofs and gutters. By capturing this rooftop water, rain barrels reduce runoff during heavy rains that flood nearby streams.
- Store run-off from your roof
- Prevent erosion from gutter downspouts
- Reduce your water bill during dry spells
- Irrigate your gardens with minimal effort
Collect water with rain barrels for use later. Use rainwater to water your plants. Rainwater is oxygenated, non-chlorinated, low in minerals and warmer - better for plants and better for the environment. Many home improvement stores sell rain barrels as well as watershed organizations.
Find out more about using Rain Barrels with the SOCWA Healthy Lawns and Gardens Program tip flyer: http://www.socwa.org/documents/nature/RainBarrelTipsFlyer.pdf