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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 your 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.