"The smell of rain can reduce stress and improve one's mood by 60%"
I found that statistic online today - I have no idea if there's any truth to it. I love a rainy day, snuggled under a blanket on the couch, as much as the next person. But when those rainy days come one after another after another, it starts to wear on one's spirit! Any with nary a clear sky in the extended forecast, I thought we could look at some positive things to do with all this extra H2O in our lawns and landscape!
- Save drinking water resources. On average, nearly 30% of our daily water use is attributed to lawn and garden care. Collecting water from rain events decreases the amount of drinking water used to water plants and after all, clean, fresh water is a limited, precious resource!
- Decrease water and sewer bills. Capturing rainwater also keeps money in your pocket by reducing the amount of water needed from municipal sources.
- Utilize higher quality water for plants. Water collected from rain events is better for plants than treated water (which often contains chlorine).
- Reduce rain runoff pollution. This is the pollution mentioned earlier that is created as rainwater picks up contaminants enroute to local streams and rivers (Since rain barrels reduce the amount of water that runs off your property, they also reduce the amount pollution that can harm aquatic and human life.