How to collect rainwater
Severe weather is causing droughts and putting pressure on freshwater resources in many municipalities around Canada. Considering the continually increasing costs of water, using a rain barrel is a great way to collect and conserve water to meet some of your water needs while minimizing freshwater use, and it’s simple too.
- Select a rain barrel that meets your needs. A 200-gallon drum works well. Another option is a large capacity tank that you can bury, however this may require a permit.
- Choose one that’s dark and well sealed to keep out bugs that are attracted to still water. If you have children at home, make sure it is also childproof.
- Install rain gutter filters to separate leaves and debris from the water as it flows. These low-cost screens are available in most major hardware stores.
- Connect the gutter downspout to your vessel and voila! Your rainwater collection system is complete.
Most rain barrels will have a valve or spigot where you can attach a garden hose for easy access to make watering your garden and washing your car a breeze.