Did you know the average person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day? And the top uses include flushing the toilet and taking a shower/bath. That’s a lot of water we use without much thought, and especially in household of four or more, which can really boost the water bill. So what are the ways you can cut back on water costs?

Approximately 80% of the Earth is covered with water or ice, but majority of this water is not safe for human consumption. We should actually look up to skies for help in this area. That’s right: Rain is the one of the best, most natural ways to collect and use for human consumption.

So how does one go about collecting rainwater for use? There are a few ways:

  1. Rain barrels: sit aboveground and collect rain water from rooftop gutter downspouts
  2. Rainwater collection systems: made up of large tanks that sit underground and filter the water to be pumped out for use
  3. Household items: buckets, kiddie pools, or watering cans are great for collecting small amounts of water as needed

There are many uses for rainwater such as watering the grass or garden, washing the car, doing laundry, or even bathing. Just be sure to keep a lid on any above-ground collection buckets to keep bugs and debris out of the water.

The benefit of capturing rainfall is, in most cases, it is typically inexpensive to do so. Other benefits include: the water is easily accessible, there are low or virtually no cost in treating the water, you’re reducing strain on existing water sources, and you’re helping reduce polluted runoff and urban flooding by collecting rainwater.

This month, in honor of Earth Day, give rain collection a try!

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