Did you know the average home in Austin can collect 900 gallons of water during a 1 inch rain? Yes, that’s right. 900 gallons!
Austin sees on average 32 inches of rainfall each year. That means you could collect 28,800 gallons of water throughout the year! That not only saves you money on water bills, but it also helps to preserve this natural resource. Talk about a win-win.
Why should you collect rainwater?
There are 3 clear benefits to collecting rainwater aside from helping your pocket book.
It reduces demand on treated water. It’s no secret that water is scarce in Central Texas. Using collected rainwater is both reliable and conserves this disappearing resource.
It’s better for your plants. Rainwater is better for plant and soil health than treated water. It is free of chlorine and salts and is slightly acidic, which is preferred by the microorganisms in the soil that help roots take in nutrients.
It protects your home. Storing rainwater helps prevent excessive runoff that can remove healthy soil from your yard, and proper rainwater management can protect your foundation from being damaged by absorbing too much moisture.
How can you use collected rainwater?
Rainwater is perfect for outdoor uses like watering your lawn or garden. Did you know that a 1 inch rain could yield enough rainwater to water a 1,000 sq ft yard? It’s also great for washing cars and pets and any other non-potable water needs.
What kinds of rain barrels does TreeHouse carry?
TreeHouse carries rain barrels in both BPA-free Polyethylene (that’s plastic) and galvanized or stainless steel. Both types come in a variety of sizes depending on your needs.
- BPA-free Plyethylene barrels are available in 100, 125, 150, 200, 250, 500, 1000, 1150, 1500, and 2500 gallons.
- Galvanized or Stainless Steel barrels are available in 140, 200, 300, 400, 500, 830, 1000, 1200, 1480, 1630, 2015, 2500, 2600, 3200, and 3750 barrels.
- TreeHouse also offers a small 50 gallon plastic rain barrel.
Interested in harvesting your own rain water? Sign up for a free consult and meet with one of our experts who can help you plan your rainwater system, including placement of your tanks and estimates of how much water your home can collect. And to top it off, we’re offering free delivery on all rain barrels over 100 gallons or more through June!