You are here: Home Gardening Landscaping Reduce Water Waste by Installing a Rainwater Harvesting System Reduce Water Waste by Installing a Rainwater Harvesting System by Stephanie Evans July 28, 2009, 10:39 am 10 Comments Got a roof? Get a tank! Harvesting rainwater is a great way to conserve this one of the scarcest natural resources and save your dollars in the bargain. An average family uses about 107,000 gallons of fresh water every year. Much of this is flushed down the toilet or poured into the garden. If you have space, installing a rainwater harvesting system is a brilliant move that will help reduce water waste. This spring many cities and communities all over the US and Canada rolled out rain barrel and cistern programs. For some communities, these are new programs while for others they are part of their now standard water conservation efforts. Many areas affected by droughts such as those in California, Florida and New Mexico have implemented are offering rebates to jumpstart their water conservation efforts. For information in your area, contact your local water agency or city conservationist. Morgan Garcia / Insteading Many different tank sizes are available these days to fit either below or above the ground. They can even be flat so you can use them as a fence or under decks. Check out Aaron’s Rain Barrels and Nova Barrel for a variety of barrels made from wood, recycled plastic, and metal. You can also make this a DIY project by either setting out buckets to collect small reservoirs of rain, or converting an existing container (plastic, metal, ceramic, or plastic) into a rain catch. Attaching a spigot finishes the project off and makes watering a cinch! See more Previous article Vegan and Vegetarian Protein Builders Next article 50 Years of Truely Sustainable Agriculture to be Celebrated Next Year 2 Comments Leave a Reply That’s a great article you have. Texas has been one of the better examples of a state that is grapsing the importance of their diminishing water supply. There are at least 4 Texas cities and one Texas county that are offering rebates and/or tax incentives for home owners who install rainwater harvesting systems. The internet is full of rainwater harvesting resources. My two top spots, http://www.harvestingrainwater.com (which is Brad Lancaster’s site, a leading authority on RWH in the US) and http://www.RainTankDepot.com (which has supplimental info, products, and info about the rebate programs)…I believe they have 2 Texas locations too. Good luck! Reply You should verify this is legal where you live first. https://www.mindfully.org/Water/2009/Rainwater-Harvesting-Illegal18mar09.htm https://www.hcn.org/issues/40.18/a-good-idea-2013-if-you-can-get-away-with-it Reply 8 Pings & Trackbacks Pingback:Rainwater Harvesting at Red Caboose Winery Pingback:Create a Rainwater Harvesting System for Your Yard Pingback:20 Ways to Conserve Water in the Home | Care2 Healthy Living Pingback:20 Ways to Conserve Water at Home — Jamiatul Ulama KZN Pingback:Green Anglicans – 10th March: Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need! Pingback:Tips and Trick to saving water. – Site Title Pingback:20 Ways to Conserve Water at Home Pingback:Create a Rainwater Harvesting System for Your Yard • Nifty Homestead Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.