If you’re looking for a place to reduce water consumption, then landscaping is probably it. A rain barrel is a great tool to replace that water usage because it allows you to harvest rainfall to water the landscape.
Start with a sturdy 32-gallon plastic garbage can. Drill a hole near the bottom to install a water faucet that you can attach to a garden hose a little bit later. You’ll need rubber washers on the inside and outside to seal it.
Next, cut a hole in the top for water to enter from a downspout. A strainer basket installed here will keep all the unwanted leaves and twigs out. It’s also a good idea to use something like zip ties to seal the lid so that children can’t fall in.
When the barrel is full, hook up the hose, and you’re watering – free of charge.