Nationally, 30% of residential water use is outdoors. In Florida that average can be as much as 50% primarily for landscape irrigation. That water must be extracted from our aquifer, treated, and distributed to our homes all of which uses energy.
Save water, energy and money by installing a rain barrel on your home.
In addition to the aforementioned savings, rain barrels also help with stormwater management and aquifer recharge. Your roof is a large, impervious surface and water flowing off of it can contribute to stormwater runoff, stormwater pollution, and flooding. Instead, collect the water in a rain barrel and send the overflow into a rain garden. Doing so means that the water from your roof will make it on to a permeable surface and eventually into the aquifer.
See the presentation above for more information or click here for an instruction sheet on how to build and maintain a rain barrel, produced by UF/IFAS, or download a 28 page homeowner's guide from the South Florida Water Management District.