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 ..