EcoTrack 11: Rain barrels lower your water bill

By Tara Hastings - bio | email

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

(WTOL) - After a water ban was issued in Boston several years ago, Jack Freele decided to take matters into his own hands. "It seemed like a good idea to take barrels out of the food industry and reuse them to capture rain water to conserve water."

Now the New Englander Rain Barrel company is flowing fast. This is the third time the company brought a bunch of blue barrels to Toledo.

Each barrel holds 55 gallons of rainwater, and putting it together is simply sweet. "It's a piece of cake," Freele said, "Cut down the spout, slide the barrel underneath so the water goes through the screen, through the top and down into the barrels."

A screen, like the one on your window, stops insects and debris from getting into the barrel. Turn the spout and you have water.

Diane and Nick Rombes love to garden and came out to buy two barrels -- one for them and one for their children. "My grandmother used to have one, so it's a neat thing for us," Diane said.

For them, timing is everything. "The price of water is going up in Waterville, and we thought this would be a great way to water our gardens."

They say 60%-70% of your water bill is from watering outdoors. If we can cut into that a little bit, it helps your pocket and the environment -- all from a big blue barrel.

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