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Feb 18, 2010

Did you know that 40% of water used during the summer is used outdoors? That is where having a rainwater harvesting system comes in handy. It sounds complicated but in reality it can be as simple as a bucket under a drain spout. The best systems are sealed air tight so that mosquitoes can't use the standing water as a breeding ground. You can make a simple system by attaching a spigot near the bottom of a large garbage can or barrel (facing down), then cutting a hole in the lid and fixing it onto the gutter on your house that receives the most rain fall. Use duct tape to seal the openings around the gutter. It is important that you don't let the bin over fill. If you want something a little sophisticated there are diverters and pre-made systems available that do the work for you. One of my favorites is the Garden Watersaver Diverter at

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