candice filling a bucket of water from her rain barrel

Around the home, there are many things we can do to mitigate the effects of climate change, save precious resource and save some cash too! Here is How A Rain Barrel Saves You Water & Money.

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Do you garden? I don’t have the best green thumb but I am trying! We put a rain barrel in the backyard a few years ago to help reduce flooding from severe and intense thunderstorms that are far too common now.

Rain barrels and water tanks are incredibly easy to set up and use, and there are plenty of good reasons to use one.

Our rain barrel can collect runoff during storms and rain, which I use on my lawn and garden, dramatically reducing the amount of water I use from my home water line during the summer months.

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Even if you don’t have the greenest thumb, you can help your plants, shrubs, trees, and grass grow better by watering with collected rainwater. Plants love natural rainwater that isn’t chlorinated or fluoridated like municipal water normally is, so collected rainwater is the best choice for watering your plants.

candice in her garden with a watering can

You can also help minimize direct runoff. Direct runoff refers to the dramatic surface runoff of water that floods into sewers during rainy and snowy weather. In industrialized areas, all the concrete, houses, and other impermeable surfaces keep the rainwater from soaking into the ground where it lands, as it normally would.

When the water is, instead, flooding into the sewage system, the system can overload, resulting in major problems such as flooding downstream and leakages at local sewage treatment plants. By collecting the rainwater that lands on your roof, you can do your part to minimize these problems. when rain runs along roofs, streets, and cars, it takes all those pollutants with it, right into the natural waterways and drinking water treatment sites, since the soil that would otherwise soak it up is covered. By collecting rainwater, you can prevent some pollution of the waterways around your home.

If you live in a city, chances are likely that you have to pay for your water usage, which makes rain barrels one great option for conserving water and saving money.

With hundreds of gallons of rainwater from a single rainfall, you can use that water for your lawn and garden! So good!!


How A Rain Barrel Saves You Water & Money

Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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