Your water bill and sewage bill may be packaged together. If so, you are paying more for the sewage portion of your bill during the summer when the average household uses 40% of their water bill for lawn and garden purposes. You can lower your monthly water and sewage bills by saving rain water.
Your house is an impermeable surface.€¯ Rain would normally hit the ground where your house is and soak into the underground water table or enter a natural stream. Instead rainfall from most urban home roofs empties into the sewer system. During heavy rain, your house runoff combines with water from other houses, parking lots, and streets and may max out the sewer system. You become part of the solution decreasing contaminants in our streams and rivers by reducing storm water discharge from your yard.
Rainwater is free soft water€¯! It contains no chlorine, lime or calcium. Because it tends to have fewer sediments and dissolved salts than municipal water, rain water is ideal for watering plants. They love the soft, chemical free water. The water in the barrels is at ambient temperature and will not shock the plants like cold well water or municipal water. It is excellent for washing the windows, car, and other household cleaning.