The City Rain Barrel Program

Why Harvest Rainwater?


 

1” of rainfall on a roof with a 1000 sqft footprint can generate over 600 gallons of rainwater.

Rainwater collected from your roof can make an important contribution to conservation and cost saving of water used for lawns, plants and other nonā€potable use. A community effort of collecting rainwater can also drastically lessen the damand on the cities stormwater system. Collecting Rainwater provides a net positive impact on the environment by keeping water above ground for around the house use. Once water soaks into the ground, energy is needed to pump groundwater back to the surface.

 

Natural Water for Healthy Plants

Rainwater has a natural PH level that is better for watering lawns, gardens and plants. Tap water contains chlorine, lime, and calcium which can inhibit the health of our plants and soil. Rainwater is also give you a spot-free rinse when washing automobiles and cleaning household windows.

 

Be Green! Reduce Runoff!

When you use collected rainwater to irrigate your lawn or garden you are keeping water in the natural cycle, recharging aquifers rather than the sewer systems. Rainwater Harvesting protects our rivers, streams, and ponds from runoff pollution such as fertilizer's and pesticide's.

 

Conserve Water & Money

On average, households devote 60% of their total water usage to watering their lawns or gardens. In Central Texas water consumption nearly doubles during summer months. Rain Barrels are a great way to use less city water and, in turn help you save money on your water bill.

 

Costly Foundation Repairs

Expansive soil can cause damage to your home’s foundation. A soaker hose can easily be attached to your rain barrel and used to maintain proper moisture control near your home’s foundation.

 

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