Here in the Northwest rain is something we rarely have a shortage of. Even during the warm summer months we often will get some rain at least once every two weeks or so. Something that is becoming more and more common are rain barrels. Rain barrels are a water collection system that are typically hooked up to a home’s gutter downspouts with the intention of gathering rain water for use on plants, gardens, lawns and anything else that requires watering.
A Rain Barrel system can be a do it yourself project or you can hire out and have someone come in and install them for you. It is a relatively simple concept so most people are apt to do it themselves. Here are some great resources on how to setup your own Rain Collection system at your home.
HGTV: An online guide to making your rain barrel. http://www.hgtv.com/topics/gardening
Looking to Hire someone? This Portland based company specializes in rain barrels that are both effective and pleasing to the eye. They offer a large assortment of rain collection accessories to make the job much easier. http://www.rainbarrelman.com/