Besides helping the environment, an obvious reason for harvesting rainwater is to save money. Depending on the size of your house and the amount of rainfall in your area, you can collect a substantial amount of rainwater with a simple system. This extra water can have a significant impact on your water bill. The use of rainwater combined with the domestic use of grey water can further increase your savings. Even if you live in a rural area and have your own well, the fact that rainwater is a naturally soft water may be enough to justify harvesting rainwater.
Rainwater stored in rain barrels has many uses. Some people find it mostly useful for watering their landscapes and gardens. Others find uses within the house as well. Rainwater can also be used for drinking but requires special treatment with a filtration system. Note that many cities require the filtration system for drinking water to be certified and the water to be tested on a regular basis. You do not need a filtration system for landscape uses. You can use it directly from your rain barrel on your garden.
If youíre harvesting rainwater with rain barrels to use for watering your landscaping, the rainwater can help to improve the health of your gardens, lawns, and trees. Rain is a naturally soft water and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals. For this reason, plants respond very well to rainwater. After all, itís what plants in the wild thrive on!
Rain Barrel Art
Rain Barrel Art Class
Rain Barrel Art Class through Community Ed. 6/4/2011 pictures.
Rain Barrel Made By District Staff to be given away at the Becker County Fair 2011!
Holy Rosary's Spring Interlude Fund Raiser! April 29th, 2011 (5:00 pm at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes, MN)
Every student in the school participated in the making of this barrel by each painting a flower on it! And it turned out amazing! Click HERE to see the barrel.
Rossman 4th Grade Classes - Carnival
Each 4th grade class at Rossman recieved a rain barrel from us at the Watershed. We supplied the barrels, the (recycled) paint, primer and sealant. It was then up to the classes to design and paint the barrels. Then on March 19th, 2011 they were actioned off at their School Carnival and raised over $250.00 for thier school. To see some pictures click below.
Barrel 1 Barrel 2 Barrel 3 Barrel 4
Mrs Gilson's Class