naturally soft (no dissolved minerals)
free for those who collect it
free of chlorine and its byproducts
free of pesticides and other man-made contaminants
My wife has been asking for a rain barrel for over two years. Every time I looked into getting one - they were very expensive. Fortunately, once a year Baltimore County sponsores a Rain Barrel and Compost Bin sale at a reduced price. This year we got to the event an hour before the sale to ensure that we were able to pick up the devices and were 10th in line. One hour later there were over 250 people waiting to buy them. That is great news as I never knew so many people wanted to save water and compost.
We picked up two 55 Gallons barrels at $50 each - they retail for over $120 each. I am in the process of setting them up and should have pictures of them real soon. I am hoping to save 2,500 Gallons of water each season and I will keep track of them just like I do with everything else on this site.
While, I do not expect to break even anytime soon or even at all - at least the water coming from the sky will be put to good use and not just washed down the drain.
The Benefits of Rain Water Harvesting (RWH)