Catching rain: How you can save water this monsoon

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A rain barrel is an easy and cheap way to start to harvesting rain. (Source: CBS 5 News) A rain barrel is an easy and cheap way to start to harvesting rain. (Source: CBS 5 News)
An important thing to have when you are collecting rain is some sort of lid, Wood said. That can be a mesh cover or a plastic lid that you put on top. (Source: CBS 5 News) An important thing to have when you are collecting rain is some sort of lid, Wood said. That can be a mesh cover or a plastic lid that you put on top. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

With around only 9 inches of rain falling each year on average in Phoenix, some people are always looking for ways to save water.

Ryan Wood is able to water his entire yard with rain that fell right on his roof.

“We water our apricot tree, and we did plant a citrus tree,” the water conservation specialist with Watershed Management Group said.

“From what I’ve seen, it’s become more popular,” Wood said.

Wood is talking about rainwater harvesting, something he said is becoming more and more common in dry climates.

He has a pretty elaborate set up at his home, but he said a rain barrel is an easy and cheap way to start to harvesting rain.

“Just find a spot on your roof; maybe a it’s a corner where all the water is coming off,” Wood said. “You could technically just put your barrel under that corner and let it dump in.”

You can get a rain barrel for around $30 or less. They can easily be attached to the gutter where rain is directed into the barrel.

You can add filters and another barrel if you want. How involved you want to get is up to you.

An important thing to have when you are collecting rain is some sort of lid, Wood said. That can be a mesh cover or a plastic lid that you put on top.

This is important so you don't attract mosquitoes or give them a place to breed.

Wood said rain harvesting is a great way to save water, money and even teach your kids about conservation.

“That’s the way i look at it," he said. "It is a really cool thing to do. That’s why I think everyone should do it.”

Watershed Management Group is holding several classes around the Valley on how to collect rain water, as well as other conservation topics.

Click here to see a calendar of events

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