Rain barrels are an old fashioned idea making a comeback to help conserve water. A rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only saves you money and energy, but it helps our environment. Diverting water from storm drains decreases the amount and impact of runoff to streams. And the water in the barrel is that much less that will need to pumped out of our shrinking aquifers. A rain barrel is an easy way for you to have a supply of clean, fresh water for outdoor use—free.
The Wisconsin Water Conservation Coalition 'Rain Barrel Group' has compiled a brochure of sources for rain barrels.