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Heavy, short showers are becoming more frequent. As rainwater often cannot sink into the ground fast enough, flooding can occur. A rain barrel can help to collect some of the water. On the other hand, the Netherlands is experiencing increasingly long warm periods. Many people therefore already make use of rainwater by collecting it in a rain barrel. And they have good reasons for doing so: collecting rainwater is a smart move that allows you to water your plants even in times of drought. It saves you from having to water your plants, which costs an average of 100 litres every 15 minutes.
The drinking water that flows out of your tap is purified by Vitens. Substances such as lime and iron are largely removed from the water. Drinking water is therefore so clean that it is almost a waste to give it to your plants. In fact, water from the rain barrel is better for your garden than tap water! This is because rainwater does not contain any lime. Lime is healthy for humans, but your plants do not like it. Washing your windows and car with water from the rain barrel is also a good idea: little lime in the water means no streaks on your windows.
Rainwater is free. And even though tap water is not expensive, why use pure drinking water when you can also use free rainwater? Using less drinking water means that we can keep the costs down. The money you spend on a rain barrel, you earn back by itself. Plus, rain barrels come in all shapes and sizes. Think plastic rain barrels or wooden ones. But even a wine barrel can be used as a rain barrel. So chances are you'll find a model that suits your taste and budget. Also useful to check: some municipalities provide subsidies for the purchase of a rain barrel.
Finally, collecting rainwater is good for the environment. On average, we consume 120 litres of drinking water per person per day. In warm periods, this consumption increases to an average of 150 litres per person per day. Vitens does not want to pump up more groundwater every year to meet the growing demand. This has an effect on our soil and nature. With a rain barrel you use less tap water, so less groundwater needs to be pumped up. In this way, we can jointly ensure that the demand for drinking water does not increase further.
So rain barrels are good for the environment, but also for your garden and your wallet.