Once a barrel of bourbon, now a rain barrel! Photo: Aaron's Rain Barrels
As we sit through one of the stormiest, snowiest, wettest winters in recent memory, it's easy to forget about the need to conserve water in hot summer months. But with many parts of the country experiencing multi-year droughts and already planning to ration water
, just shutting off the faucet while brushing your teeth isn't going to be enough!
If you're dreading a brown lawn this June and July, or if you're hoping to plant an organic garden to rival First Lady Michelle Obama's at the White House, rain barrels might be the best and easiest solution for you.
Most barrels come equipped with an attached hose to make it easy to use the collected water, and a screen to keep out leaves and other debris. Many are also set up to make it easy to expand your water collection system with additional barrels. They range from basic to (surprisingly) appealing -- some might even make your yard look better! Your choice of rain barrels includes: