If you’re looking for a simple, cost-effective way to water your plants and garden without connecting the hose to the tap, a rain barrel can help you collect and recycle rainwater.
A quarter-inch of rain falling on an average home yields a little more than 200 gallons of water, filling a rain barrel in a matter of minutes.
Rainwater is naturally softened, making it ideal for outdoor and indoor plants. It also won’t leave spots when you wash cars or windows.
Not only does a rain barrel save on your water bill, it helps divert runoff into storm sewers and Iowa’s waters.
Step-by-step instructions to build your own rain barrel
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