The Reasons for Rain Barrels

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Gathering free water courtesy of Mother Nature, rain barrels have been around for a long time. Some records show rainwater was collected in clay containers as far back as 2,000 years ago. Thinking about using one? Here are five reasons why you should:

  • Water collected in a rain barrel is soft water, meaning it contains no chlorine, lime or calcium. It’s not drinkable, but perfect for watering plants, washing cars and filling birdbaths.
  • Storing water can help you save money on your water bill by using it for your lawn-care needs.
  • Rain barrels reduce flooding and help recharge groundwater.
  • Rain barrels can add another aspect of beauty to your home and garden while simultaneously conserving water.

Source: UT Extension Service

1 Comment

  1. Whitney

    October 29, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Hi, the title of this article implies the author will guide the reader in finding a proper rain barrel; however, it just lists a number (four, not five) reasons that we should use rain barrels.

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