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Harvesting Rain

Here are step by step instructions on how to make the cheapest and easiest rain barrel, from something originally used for transporting olives. Excellent use of a post consumer product!

This makes it very simple to harvest rainwater with no dirt or bugs in it.

They can be placed under the downspout and can even be connected to each other to get the maximum amount from a heavy rain.

As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting people from "diverting" water that falls on their own homes and land are still in effect in many Western states.

Now more people are speaking up against these absurd and antiquated laws, demanding the right to collect rainfall on their property.

Plants prefer harvested rain water over cold, chlorinated hose water. You can just connect a hose to one of these instead.

In addition to the garden, harvested rain water can also be used for solar showers, flushing toilets, power washers, drinking and cooking, drip irrigation, green houses, orchards, livestock, ponds, hot tubs, pools, washing cars, compost tea, and plenty more.

Let's use it! It IS just falling out of the sky after all.

-- Bibi Farber

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