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A 5-minute Video to Build Your Own Rain Barrel

There’s so much that can be done to stop overwatering and help conserve water. Last week we talked about the “three S’s” for being a good steward of your water—slow it, spread it, and sink it. One of the best ways to “slow it” is to store it, and the State Water Boards have a 5-minute video (okay, 5:37) that shows you how you can build and install your very own rain barrel and even daisy-chain them together for more storage.

Rain barrels are a great tool to harness your rainwater and reduce your water bill in the days and weeks following the rain. Even better, rebates are available throughout Orange County for up to $75 per barrel (and up to four barrels per home!) at a minimum of 50-gallon barrels. Better yet? Gnorman’s here to help. Reach out at gnome@h2oc.org and we’ll be happy to help you fill out the forms!

If you don’t feel like building your own, you can always purchase and install a rain barrel following the same techniques in the video. Many home improvement stores carry rain barrels and they start right around $75. Hint—that great rebate still applies and so does our offer to help fill it out!

Prepare today and be ready for the rain!

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2 Comments

  1. Brandon Prochelo Says:

    October 30th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Thank you so much for your informative and inspiring information. As a long time southern Californian resident I am deeply concerned with the state of our local finite natural rescources. As an avid hiker, angler, and gardener I have seen the stresses of California’s drought manifest in a myriad of ways throughout the state.
    I live in the city of Fountain Valley in Orange County and I can’t help but realize, on a daily basis, the mismanagement of my communities landscapes and water applications. Virtually all of the ideas presented on the page overwateringisout.org seem to be far from practiced if they are even considered in my locale. For example, I live in a huge sprawling condominium complex that employs a large gas powered maintenance team to “manage” our landscape in a way that is outdated and frankly wasteful. Huge lawns watered and mowed daily, fertilizers and mulches placed indiscriminately, and gutter flowing with water on almost any given day.
    I was wondering if there are any initiatives at the local level that I can employ to engage my city and neighborhood in order to share resource saving techniques.
    Please email me with any information that can help me help my community. I find that without certifiable government or quasi-government mandates people do not really care to discuss the issue and think that i’m just some tree hugging hippie who dosent understand the “real world.”
    I have seen the real world on the trails and rivers on coasts and mountains from Humboldt to San Diego County and I know this problem is real; in my humble opinion the authorities have not done enough to engage the public in a way they can relate to.
    Thanks for your time
    Brandon Prochelo
    714-403-9283

  2. Gnorman Says:

    November 5th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Brandon!

    Thanks so much for your great comment! Stopping overwatering and better managing our local environments really is a community wide effort. The great news is that you’re not alone in your passionate advocacy–people often reach out to us through comments and emails to express support and trying to find more ways they can get involved and help. We’ll be reaching out directly, but also wanted to publicly thank you for this great example!