Rain barrels capture water and savings

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – The Wilsons have been living in their Fairborn home for more than 20 years.  They decided to make a change after a summer drought and a high water bill.

Donna Wilson says, “One summer our water bill was $125 with trash, but that’s still a lot.”

Donna and her husband, Andrew, decided a rain barrel would be ideal to capture rainwater from the roof to water their vegetable garden.

They have one large barrel they purchased from a local hardware store and four other 55 gallon drums they received after attending a rain barrel workshop through Greene County and the City of Fairborn.

“We’ve got close to four hundred gallons of water.  The larger drum can be filled in about 20 minutes after a good downpour from a thunderstorm,”  Andrew Wilson says.

In order to keep these flowers bright and vibrant the Wilson’s make sure each plant gets enough fresh water. But instead of using the garden hose and city water they turned to mother nature and capture rain water.

Donna Wilson explains, “We have planter beds that we have vegetables growing in we wanted a source of water we could not have to worry about some of the chemicals in the water.”

After their water bill was more than a hundred dollars one dry summer the Wilson’s decided to invest in a 125 gallon rain barrel.

And now they have five total storing almost four hundred gallons of water which lasts them about 2 weeks.

Many communities offer rain barrel workshops including Fairborn. They usually come with rain barrel kits. The one here in Fairborn has already filled up but they do plan on holding another one in the fall.

They come in bright white but Andrew used his artistic skills so this one blended with the house.

“We put it out there and there was this stark white barrel against the brick. Some masking tape and a can of spray paint and some measuring spent a couple of hours measuring and masking it off,” Andrew explains.

The couple who loves to be outside, have come up with a few tricks to make sure each drop is used including this smaller jug with a hole in the bottom.

“You just put it by the plant so you only water that plant and not the ground around it,” explains Donna.

All so the ground and plants soak up as much water while the Wilson’s soak up the savings.


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