Rain Barrels are not new, but are making a come back. Up until the 60’s many homes used methods of collecting rainwater, such as open barrels and cisterns. Many rural homes may still use some method of collecting rainwater today. However, in the urban areas, the development of municipal water systems and health concerns caused the collection of rain water a thing of the past. But, with many municipal water systems reaching or nearing their capacity and the increase cost of municipal water, Rain Barrels are becoming a method of collecting and storing rainwater to be used to water plants and for other uses. Rain Barrels also prevent contaminants from being carrying into our streams, rivers, and lakes which could lower the Water Quality.
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