Rain Barrel To save or not to save

Real Estate Agent with CIR REALTY

More and more Communities are promoting the Rain Barrel. And these are some of the reasoning.

Lawn and Garden watering can make up a good portion of total household water use during the summer months even in Wheatland County. Home owners can collect water from their rooftop runoff and effectively store it for when you need it most, during the hot summer months by utilizing rain barrels .

 The only problem is if there is water restriction the water you collect in the rain barrel can't be used to water your grass. You can only use it if the rest of the town has water to water the grass. Yes it's a by Law in the Town of Strathmore if caught using the water from the rain barrel when there is a water restriction you can get a fine.So you can conserve water only with certain restriction's.

But these are the benfits the Town promotes in order to sell their rain barrels.

Rainwater collection and its reuse is not only a financial benefit  to home owners but also for the environment because stored water would otherwise run off into the storm sewers where the environmental benefit could be minimal. This run off water can be safe to use when watering plants, flower pots, gardens, trees, lawns or cleaning your walk ways

 With benefits like the few i mentioned everyone should get a rain barrel ..


Comments (6)

Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Sounds like a good plan for areas where there is a lot of rain. Arizona not so much with our little rain.

Apr 17, 2010 04:37 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Rain barrels are huge in our area. I'm actually getting 4 more for my home this week, for a total of 8.  We use them for our lawn and gardens and I want one to supply my bird bath :0)

Apr 17, 2010 04:46 AM
Jody Lautenbach
Century 21 Premier Associates - Pella, IA

What a great idea to be green. We have too much here - don't know if I could collect it all.

Apr 17, 2010 04:53 AM
Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356

We use a rain barrel not only for the green effect but the cosmetic also, great eye catcher and tons now to choose from

Enjoy the day

Apr 17, 2010 05:23 AM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

These are great, but I find it silly to be fined if you're using it to water your garden during a water restriction.  You'd just be doing what you intended to do with it.  That law seriously needs to be re-addressed.

Apr 17, 2010 05:31 AM
Kevin Baldwin
CIR REALTY - Strathmore, AB

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Apr 17, 2010 11:59 AM