rain harvesting collecting

Collecting rainwater can help you to save you money on your water bills because you can use the rainwater that you collect to water your indoor and outdoor plants. You can harvest rainwater to fill your swimming pool, flush your toilet, do your laundry, cook food or drink. You need to have a special rainwater harvesting system to be able to drink or use rainwater in your home but having the system can mean that you have access to water during power outages or storms. For people who have problems with their groundwater, utility service or terrain, a rainwater harvesting system can provide them with pure water with no dissolved minerals. If you are just trying to collect water for landscaping purposes, you can create your own rainwater collection system that is less sophisticated but will allow you to collect and store water to use for watering the grass or your plants.

Rainwater harvesting systems are used to collect, store and purify rainwater so that it can be used in a variety of ways. These systems are used by individuals and businesses. You place the systems on the roof or in a catchment area when they can collect water. The systems often contain ground-level tanks where water is stored, purified and distributed. Rainwater harvesting systems contain pipes, diverter systems, cisterns, purification systems, pumps and pressure tanks. The systems collect, remove debris and contaminated materials from, store, use UV rays to purify and distribute the rainwater. Once the rainwater has gone through the harvesting process, it is safe for people and animals to drink. Some water systems are connected to the water supply so that the harvested rainwater can be immediately used for tasks such as flushing a toilet. Rainwater harvesting systems can often store anywhere from 170 to 1,700 gallons of rainwater.

If you only want to collect a small amount of rainwater for gardening purposes, you can create a simpler system to collect water. One method that many people use is to take a 55 gallon bucket, drum or barrel and place it under their gutters. Water flows from the roof to the gutters down the downspouts to the collection containers. The drums or buckets will store the rainwater for you. You need to connect the barrels, buckets or drums to a PVC standpipe and hose bib so you can divert the water to a hose. When you use this method, it is important to install screens on your gutters to keep out debris. This method works best if you have a metal roof because water moves more easily over this type of roof. Another easy method of collecting and using rainwater is to create a sloped walkway, sidewalk, porch or deck, pointing it directly towards your trees or plants so that water will naturally run off to your plants. Creating depressions in the ground can help you to naturally store the rainwater for future use and prevent flooding in your yard.

Wood Rain Barrel

wood rain barrel

Most Rain Barrels that are available these days are plastic. This Wood Rain Barrel is much more environmentally friendly than a plastic rain barrel, as well as more attractive. It is made from FSC Certified spruce wood, and even comes with a solid brass tap. All in all, this Wood Rain Barrel is a beautiful product and high quality.

Aquaduct Rain Harvesting Barrel


Save water by harvesting rainwater and enjoy more sustainable garden function with the Aquaduct Rain Barrel. This barrel is efficient and durable and it’s simple design is suitable for any home and garden setting. The features of the Aquaduct Rain Harvesting Barrel include a solid brass spigot, aluminum intake screen, wood grain detailing and a rich balsam green hue.

Just one quarter inch of rain on a small 500 square ft roof will completely fill this 54-gallon barrel, which will allow you to harvest and save fresh rain water for a number of outdoor needs.

Eco Rain Barrel

eco rain barrel

Catering to the needs of the eco-conscious household, the Eco-Rain Barrel is used to effectively collect and store both rainwater and recovered household water. This tough and well-made fifty-five gallon container, which is manufactured from recycled food and liquid containers, features drain valves at the bottom with garden hose threads, removable screen lids, and an internal overflow. Openings in the lid of the rain barrel are covered with screen, and reinforced by metal wire mesh.

The Rain Catcher Rain Barrel

rain catcher rain barrel

The back of these barrels are designed flat which allows for more space-saving ability and placement against a wall or fence. The plastic spigot attaches to a flexible hose that connects to a frontal port at the bottom of the barrel. The Rain Barrel top has a strong aluminum mesh screen, creating a non-corrosive and durable filter that will keep out the debris that comes off your roof.

The Rain Catcher Rain Barrel will hold 55 gallons of water, and will help you and your family install a home water collection system that will help you save money, and do your part to create more sustainable living habits for your family.

home rain collection

Recycle your rainwater and keep your landscaping looking healthy, the eco-friendly way. Building a rainwater collection system is fast, easy and can save you money on your water bill, as well as reduce your total water usage.

1. Cut a bucket to make the top of your rainwater barrel.
2. Use a sharpie and the top of the five gallon bucket and trace around the top of the 55 gallon / 210 liter drum.
3. Spout it out.
4. Add a gutter extension.
5. Measure and mark where you need to cut the fitting so that the end will run into the top of your rainwater collection barrel.
6. Strain the drain. To prevent the collected organic matter from hanging too far down into the rain barrel, tie a knot in the strainer before installing it into the lid.
7. Place a gutter strain in the gutter on your roof. This will keep large debris from working its way down the fittings and potentially clogging the gutters. You will have to get up near the rooftop to clean this type of strainer.

You can find complete instructions on building a home rain water collection system here on WikiHow, complete with photos and step-by-step details. Collecting rainwater is sure to become a growing trend with homes striving to adopt more sustainable and eco-friendly methods.


Rain water collecting is becoming a more vital need for homes as fresh water becomes more scarce and because it decreases the high demand for water in which residential irrigation can account for up to 40% of consumption. By collecting rain water and storing it a rain barrel you’ll have the extra water for future use, whether it’s for watering the garden or just keeping it handy for emergency situations.

Placing a rain barrel beneath the gutters of your home can provide a barrel full of rain water in just one rainstorm, which can be used in practical ways such as watering your flowers and garden or even washing your car. With enough rain water saved up throughout the year, you might never have to use the garden hose for an entire summer season, saving on money and depleting fresh water sources.

Durable Rain Barrel

durable rain barrel

Industrial strength, tough and long lasting, this 50 gallon Durable Rain Barrel is constructed of a strong resin. Features include a drain hose for water usage, shut off valve for hose hook-up, overflow hose and debris filter. This Durable Rain Barrel has ample storage, is easy to move and made of quality construction. It’s child and pet proof too!

copper umbrella rain chain

Having it origins in ancient Japan, Rain Chains act as connecting funnels that are a decorative alternative to a a boring, mundane gutter downspout. Rainwater playfully dances and flows down the hand-crafted pure copper channels of this Copper Umbrella Rain Chain, making a pleasing sound as it is guided from the rooftop to the ground. To add to the timeless character, a natural patina will develop on the polished copper, therefore adding charm. One or more Rainchains may be needed, so be sure to measure the height of your roof!

copper rainchain dish

This handsome copper dish is designed to specifically sit under a rainchain. With a solid brass loop in the center, you can comfortably secure your chain to this charming terminal point. Think creatively and fill it with pebbles or plant it with ground cover for an opulent effect! Instantly adds serenity and calm to any environment.