Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we've been deluged with rain all Winter long. Most of this rain simply spills across the pavement and gutters and gets funneled back into the sewers. However, smart homeowners in this area put all of this water to work for them by saving it in rain barrels. Since the Bay Area has crazy amounts of rain in the Winter and hardly a drop in the Summer, water becomes a precious commodity come July (just when gardens are popping with life and demanding more irrigation). Instead of stressing the local municipality's water service, folks with rain barrels can simply irrigate their backyard gardens and lawns with the rain saved in their rain barrels.
To find out how to make your own rain barrel out of recycled materials, just