Capturing Rainwater in the Storm

With all this rain in California we've been thinking a lot about rainwater catchment. After the rain hits your roof, where does it go? Ours goes down the drain, literally. We live in an apartment and dream of someday capturing rain to reuse.

In our rain-obsessed hunting, we came across a really informative post over at the LA Times Pretty in Green Blog. Like us, Linda Daly (the author of the blog) wants to start capturing rain, so she's started gathering resources.

We were particularly fascinated by the link she includes to Treepeople and their tutorial on gathering rain. Did you know that you can kinda-sorta harvest rainwater just by redirecting your downspouts and drainpipes away from hard pavement and towards lawns and plants?

Oh and we also learned that, just like solar water heating systems, a rainwater catchment system can get you a fat rebate.

Do you capture rainwater?

Get more info (and that handy Treepeople link) at Pretty in Green.

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