Living in the Salt Lake Valley is hard on your water bill in the summer. The EPA says that 40% off all household water is used to water lawns and gardens in the summer. That’s a lot of water, and we live in the desert.
Lately with all the rain we’ve been getting, I have been thinking of how to harness that water for watering purposes. There are many sites online that will sell you rain barrels or tell you how to make your own. Since I’m impatient, I decided to work with what I already have. I have a few tall kitchen trash cans that weren’t being used, and some plastic bins; not perfect, but it’s a start.
I positioned my trash cans and barrels under my downspouts; this required cutting a few of them with a hacksaw but really did not take a lot of time or energy. I was amazed how quickly those containers filled up after just a short summer shower. Since these were not actual rain barrels, I had to empty them by hand. It took a little longer than watering with a hose, but I was excited that I was recycling rainwater.
I am going to buy some rain barrels as time goes on, one at a time, and eventually I will just be able to hook my hose up to them and water away. For me, this is a perfect solution. My lawn needs less water than my vegetable garden and my flower beds, so I don’t have to run the sprinklers as often to water just those areas.
Rainwater is free, so it’s a double bonus to be able to recycle it and use it where it’s needed most.