Rainwater Harvesting at Home

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Pre-made, unpainted, rain barrels are available at N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Onslow County office, located at 4024 Richlands Hwy. The office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; however, the rainbarrels are also available at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Take advantage of the water nature gives us. Using a rain barrel or cistern to collect rainwater can lower your water bill, be good for your plants, and also protect the environment by reducing runoff from your property.

Painted rainbarrels

Two examples of painted rain barrels

What is the difference between a rain barrel and a cistern? Size. Rain barrels are generally smaller and are installed above-grade, whereas cisterns are larger and may be installed above- or below-grade. Sizing your system is important. Fortunately, it is not hard to do. A quick approximation is that for every 100 square feet of roof area, a 1-inch rainfall will yield 62 gallons of water.