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Need more water, but don’t want to pay the water company another dime? [Video] DIY Rain Water Collection

I’ve seen a lot of rain water collection systems and determined from my husband and mine camping trip about a year ago, together we may use 40 gallons every three days. (This doesn’t include drinking water and we did take showers). I know I opted for navy showers, but my husband likes to run the water a lot in his ten minute shower.

In any case, I’m also doing a garden which I’ve found depending on the temperature outside, is how much I need to water and my plants eat up about a gallon a day of water or more.

There was a cause for concern earlier this year when we went without power for almost four days. Yes. boredom almost killed us but the fact that we didn’t know if the house pump was working and we couldn’t determine how much water we had in the system, we opted to get water from my father’s. I used my 5 gallon water containers, which we ended up refilling three times in our four day period. My husband understood navy showers by now. I got my two water containers free. but you can also get them from amazon. We used this water for toilet flushing, quick wash ups and cleaning. If there was extra water after cleaning, washing up or cooking, I added it to a gray water tank to use for flushing, but that’s a whole ‘nother subject.

I also was about to break out our collapsible container as well which I highly recommend. Click here

Anyhow, I’ve always thought about adding a water diverter on my roof spouts but I’m so afraid to cut into the gutters. Most videos say do this, but I could never overcome the fear.

So I want to be able to collect Rain water for several reasons.

  1. My garden and fountain system
  2. Emergencies happen and you never know when you need the extra amount (hence example above)

Then this video comes along!

 

 

 

This video was a great water to get the water from the rain and to keep the bugs out. In addition to what they did I’d also add rocks to the bottom to get rid of a lot of things that could still slip in, plus add wait to the bucket in wind storms.

Let me know what you think? If I build it, of course, I’ll do my own video. Subscribe for updates!