Living the San Francisco Dream


I am ready when the rain comes

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.



Sharon Lee

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Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


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Comment balloon 8 commentsLottie Kendall • April 27 2013 06:27AM


Lottie:  Saving rainwater sounds like a great idea, but I suggest you check around your city and state first to see if there are any restrictions about "catching rainwater."  The only state I know of for sure is Colorado... What You Don't Know About Water in Colorado , and I think I remember Oregon has some as well, but not sure about that.  (I would think Oregon gets more than enough water to care, but ya never know.)  But... Google it to be sure.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

I've not heard of any issues here, Karen Anne, but checking first wouldn't hurt. During the last major drought I remember in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties we were encouraged to save water, and rain barrels weren't uncommon. Making sure there isn't untreated standing water is important--we don't want breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

What a great idea - I love the idea of rain barrels as I live in the country and the water table is a concern for all of us!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 7 years ago
Re-use, recycle, re-purpose -- today's mantra.
Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

Lottie - What a great idea to catch the precious rain water and put it to good use later on!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) almost 7 years ago

Thank you for the re-blog. Hope you get rain for your rain barrels

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 7 years ago

Lottie:  Sharon's post is a gem of an idea ... one that many municipalities are promoting.  I know in our area many counties and cities offer reduced-cost prices for rain barrels hoping to promote water conservation and green living.  It also saves money ... a win-win-win!

Thanks for sharing Sharon's post ... it was a good reminder to me to be looking for a new rain barrel for our home ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) almost 7 years ago

You never know what you'll find on AR! i had no idea that there are anywhere any restrictions about "catching rainwater." ( comment #1) Mosquitoes are nasty things, but if you collect the rain water in those rain-barrels, would it really create a mosquitoes issue?

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) almost 7 years ago