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“Today, the average US household uses 146,000 gallons of water per year, up to 50% of that is used for landscaping during summer months…by capturing water on a 1,500 square foot roof, a family could reduce their water bill by 50 percent and save 43,000 gallons of water yearly.” (Source: greenbuildingblocks)

In searching for ways to harvest rainwater, we previously highlighted this water diverter to capture rainwater for watering your garden. Hopefully, an edible garden:)
Harvesting rainwater for all your household water needs can be achieved by both handy DIY-ers and professional contractors/builders.

If you’re looking for a system that’s cool and efficient from the inside out, check out Katrina Logan’s LUMI for “illuminated rainwater storage,” which was awarded the 2006 City of Melbourne’s Sustainable Design Award.

If colorful recycled barrels are your thing, checkout Raleigh, NC based, RainwaterSolutions, which offers a variety of color options, in 65, 100 or 200 gallon sizes, made from recycled material in the USA and priced from $179 – $499.

Lest we forget, an important green benefit to harvesting rainwater is that it also helps mitigate stormwater pollution of our lakes, streams, rivers, water supply.

Another helpful source of info on the topic is the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance – Green Home in Canada