The funny water barrel picture above shows one of the dozens of rain water barrels that were placed at Oak Park as a way to alert people to the importance of water conservation. These barrels can collect water from the rain to help save water and protect the environment.
Everyone can contribute to the cause by using similar rain barrels to collect water in their own houses and use it to water the plants or wash the car for instance. Just think of all the wasted water that falls of your roof top every year. Just by placing some barrels like the one in the picture (ok, it doesn't need to have funny paintings on it…) in your backyard you can do your own rain harvesting, think about it.
Rain barrels for sale
You can find rain barrels for sale at the SimplyRainBarrels.com website. They have many different types of barrels and accessories for them (conector kits, stands, etc), some of the most popular are the "50 Gallon Poly-Woodgrain Rainwater Barrel in Medium Oak", the "Madison Rain Catcher in White", or the "50 Gallon Poly-Woodgrain Rainwater Barrels in Black", just to name a few.
I also like the water tanks and there are a lot of them available, I especially like their "RTS-Rainwater Collecting Tank-Underground", this is a special 574 gallon water tank to use underground. It comes with a submersible pump, flexible hose, leaf catcher, access cover, and other accessories. This one now has a 15% discount and comes with free shipping, cool! ;)
Click here to visit the website and see all the rain barrels available, they're perfect for your backyard or garden (note: the painted barrel on the picture is not from them).
(Image via: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/ chicago/news.aspx?id=136329).