Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tips for Using Rainwater

With the recent system of storms that have unleashed tons of water on Southern California, right now is a great time to start collecting some of that free water unleashed on us, and put it to good use later.

Did you know that one inch of rain falling on a 2,000-square-foot roof produces some 1,200 gallons of runoff?

This water can be collected and used to water plants and grass, which thrive with rainwater, as tap water contains softeners, which inhibits plant growth. Rainwater can also be used for cleaning homes, dishes and vehicles, and collecting and using rainwater also benefits your local community, as it helps ease the burden on public utilities.

Rain barrels, which collect rainwater, are relatively easy to install and are inexpensive but have a lesser storage capacity than storage tank systems, which can be installed by homeowners or professionals, and can stave off water shortages and add value to your property.

Rain barrels can be purchased through websites such as, and additional information about rain water storage tanks can be found by visiting

1 comment:

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