Get a rain barrel, lower your water bill

By attaching a hose you can use your rain barrel to water your lawn or garden.
  • By attaching a hose you can use your rain barrel to water your lawn or garden.


Not convinced yet? Helping your city isn’t even the best part. Rain barrels truly cash in when the rain stops and the drought comes. All that water you saved during the last rain storm is now at your disposal when you need it most! Rainwater is perfect for watering your lawn or garden, washing your car, or using around the house. The natural rain water is safe to use, and you won’t be restricted by drought rules about watering, because you won’t be using the city’s water supply. Most rain barrels come with a hose attachment at the bottom, so you can just hook up a hose and go!

So where can you get one? Many hardware and home improvement stores carry rain barrels, so check there first. You can also always order one online. Rain Barrel Source is a website just for selling rain barrels and delivering them to your door!

Drain your gutters into a rain barrel to save water.
  • Drain your gutters into a rain barrel to save water.

Rain barrels are a fantastic way to reduce rainwater runoff and lower your water bill. Haven’t heard of these yet? Living in this climate, you should have. Rain barrels are a very simple solution that can have big results.

So what are rain barrels? They are exactly what they sound like. A rain barrel is a container that collects rainwater during a storm and stores it for later use. Most barrels are placed below a gutter drain, so that the water from your roof’s gutters goes into the barrel during a rainstorm.

So why save up water? The Tampa-bay area has a strange climate in the summer. We go through periods of drought and heat following by sudden downpours. This is the perfect climate for rain barrels. During a storm, streets and drains are often overwhelmed by the amount of water coming down. Storm water runoff can cause problems when it all hits the streets at once. It is helpful to the entire city for you to use a barrel and save some of that water from hitting the storm drains. It may not seem like much, but if enough people got on the bandwagon and set up a barrel, our drainage system would be under less pressure.

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