Following the dry winter we had in most of California, cities are nervously eyeing reservoirs and water supplies. I've heard that Santa Cruz, the coastal town just "over the hill" from the Silicon Valley has in fact instituted a mandatory water conservation program.
Many thanks to Sharon Lee, a Virtual Assistant located in Virginia, for sharing this very timely water-saving idea.
Last year I wanted to catch the rainwater to use to help water my ever growing garden so I bought several 5 gal bucket and that worked to a point but they filled up so fast and I would have to go out in the rain when they filled up and if it was pouring they filled up fast and lifting and moving 5 gals of water which weighs 40# is a lot for me. I learned about rainbarrels and how much better they were than my system so this year I ordered them for all the gutters I have 5 of them and they each hold 40 gals.
Now when it rains I will not have to go out in the pouring rain to move 5 gal buckets and they have a spigot on the bottom that I can use to water the plants closest to each rain barrel so that will make watering the garden so much easier and more efficient. They will get their first rain on Sunday. They also look a lot better than six or seven 5 gal buckets sitting around the yard.
LET IT RAIN