Video: use rain barrels to reduce water consumption

Found this great video via GreenIowa AmeriCorps’ Twitter page. This video demonstrates how to reduce water consumption by creating rain barrels. These barrels allow people to use rainwater for watering needs around the yard. According to the video, the average homeowner uses 40% of their household water in their yard during the summer.

Now is a great time for Iowans to build a rain barrel. Iowa’s rainy season goes from April through September. June has the highest average rainfall of any month in Iowa.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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