70% of the Earth is made up of water. Whenever it rains, have you ever thought of utilizing it? Although rainwater may seem dirty or not the best choice for potable water, it can really substitute most of our water needs. And what better way to save rainwater than to make use of rain barrels. In our everyday lives, we might forget the importance of water in our lives. Our bodies are comprised mostly of water. We need water to nourish our body, to wash our clothes, to cook our food, to brush our teeth and hundreds more of valuable usage. Water rates are very high these days. So do not ever be surprised when one day you see your water bill reaching up to thousands of dollars.
During summer, water is used up the most. People would love to cool down from a very hot season. Some may take a bath twice a day; others may drink water often; and some might just put some inflatable pool. A good source of water would be rain. Because of the evaporation process, the rain originates from the sea and other bodies of water around the world. Some of you may think that drinking this is harmful and yes – you are very right. But who said anything about drinking? Through the use of rain barrels, we can a large amount of water and substitute it with everyday use. A great example would be for washing your car. Rainwater is still clean water, it just is not portable. So you can turn your hoses off and use your collected rainwater to clean your car. It can also be used for watering your plants. Your plants will not mind if you give them rainwater or drinking water, so there is not much of a difference.
In making your own barrel, you need not make it from expensive materials. Big drums or pails can already make one great barrel. Always remember to place these barrels on locations where water drops the most when it rains. Through these simple yet efficient ways of using rain barrels, you can already lower your water costs. Even though it comes only during the rainy season, those couple of moths will really be beneficial to you and Mother Earth. You can always help save gallons and gallons of important water. All you need is the right advocacy and practicality.