Cutting my lawn yesterday it occurred to me how nice and green everyone’s lawn is right now. We have not yet experienced the hot, dry weather that summer will ultimately bring. When that dry weather comes everyone will be hooking up hoses to sprinklers to keep that lawn looking green.

Then I put away the lawnmower and pulled out the hose to water my tomato plants. That’s when it occurred to me that I really should make this the year that I set up a rain water collection system for most of my watering needs. Oh, I’ll still hook up the sprinkler for my lawn…. But I could save water by using the collection system for all of my other watering needs.

I really have no excuse. We have a little “camp” about an hour south of Rochester with no well. We have three separate rain water collection systems set up. None of them as nice looking as the one you’ll see at the link below, but they work pretty well. It’s really kind of fun, and it will make you more aware of the water you use from that seemingly endless supply that comes out of your faucet at home too! A quick search brought me to this “Wikihow” site, and a very inexpensive and easy to make rain water collection system.

Maybe this will inspire you to try putting your own system together. Maybe not. But if you do decide to give this a try, or if you already have a rain water collection system at your home/camp, we would really love for you to share and post pictures. Maybe you have even better/easier/cheaper ideas to share? Here the link: http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Rainwater-Collection-System