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.