I’ve been itching to collect some rain water from my roof ever since I saw the folks on Ask This Old House demonstrate it. It looked easy enough and I thought it would fit nicely into my “green” ideas for my side yard. My side yard is not close to any spigot and is hard to water, so the rain water collection system is ideal.
I told my dad I was interested in doing this and he’s the one who found the rain barrel. He was up at a neighbor’s house and noticed they had 6 or 7 in their backyard and then made an offer for me. I ended up buying two 55-gallon barrels for $20 total.
Even though we’ve had about an inch and a half of rain over the last two weeks and I’ve just barely set this fella up, I’m still excited to see how this works out. I posted more pictures on our PicasaWeb album.