How Tuff Tikes Rain Barrel Helps Me Conserve Water!

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We have had such an unusal June “weather wise” this year. Usually June in Arizona is hot and dry….we long for monsoon season! There just so happens to be some tropical storms in the pacific pushing all this moisture in and its come at such a good time because I’ve been able to review this awesome Tuff Tikes rain barrel, made by Little Tikes.

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I live in a drought state and even though we have a better water supply than our sister state, “California” and we currently have no water restrictions, there’s always a reason to conserve water! We first start in the home. Simple acts like soaking your dishes instead of scrubbing them saves on water usage. Using your dishwasher actually saves on water instead of hand washing all your dishes, you can go through gallons of water by hand washing! I never realized that until recently. Brushing your teeth with the water off and taking shorter showers are also ways to cut down on your water use.  I have to admit, being the only girl in the house, my showers are the longest. My husband can clock his shower in under five minutes. My boys still take baths, but one day they’ll take showers too and we’ll have an under five minutes rule for them as well. Mommy though hasn’t found a way to wash the hair, shave, wash the fash and condition in under five minutes, but I think I’m going to get one of those shower timers to help me speed up the process. 

Conserving water when you have two grass lawns and are growing vegetables can be hard too. Thankfully we take advantage of the rare rain we’ve gotten lately and make sure our sprinkler system doesn’t run during this time. We’ve learned the trick of watering deeply and infrequently to help the grass become more durable and resistant to drought. It works…over time. Last Friday, the rain we got was so hard and intense that within 1 hour it filled our 50 gallon Tuff Tikes rain barrel! In fact it was overflowing into the yard! We’ve since used a hose so that the overflow can drain right into our garden. rainbarrel2My husband sawed off the rain gutter and bent the metal so that it flows right into the top part of the rain barrel here. The plastic grating over the top helps keep leaves, twigs and other debris out, keeping only the rain water. 

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When we want to water the garden, we grab our water canister and fill it up under the spicket below to water all our potted plants and plants we have growing in the garden nearby.

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You can also attach a hose here, although we haven’t figured out how to get good water pressure with it yet. I think we’ll need to chop off the end of the hose for that to work right and make a short hose.

We have good reason to save our rain water too because we are growing strawberries and potatoes this year and the kids are really excited about when we get to harvest them!

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Potatoes and cilantro
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Strawberries

 

We love growing our own food, and now we can do it and feel a little less guilty about our water consumption. 

 

*Please note that each state has guidlines and regulations for collecting rain water. You can check out the guidelines for your state here: http://www.enlight-inc.com/blog/?p=1036. Currently the only state where collecting rain water is illegal, is Colorado. 

Do you have a rain barrel for collecting water? What are some ways you try to save water? 

 

Disclosure: Little Tikes provided me with a free product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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45 thoughts on “How Tuff Tikes Rain Barrel Helps Me Conserve Water!

  1. I’m right there with ya since I’m also in Phoenix. Well…Peoria, and I gotta say not only am I LOVING this weather break, (except for the 108’s-110’s expected next week) but the extra rain has been a blessing…so I want two of these!

    1. Honestly it depends on how many dishes you are washing up at one time. a plate and some silverware, would be best hand washed immediately so you don’t have to scrub. But dishes from a family of four or five after a meal, soaking the dishes first or sticking them right in the dishwasher to run, is better.

  2. This is great! Our cooperative extension office for the county offers rain barrel making classes for $15. I really want to take one as this would really save us some money on our water bill during the summer. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have to say, all your information about conserving water is quite helpful, though we haven’t had a need of it recently. I never knew Little Tikes made such a thing as a rain barrel. Interesting. I am still scratching my head and trying to figure out why it is illegal to collect rain water in Colorado. Makes no sense. How can the govt make a law about the rain water.

    1. I agree, you think they’d be happy citizens are collecting their own rain water, and Colorado has not offered up a reason for this. Certain towns and cities may have restrictions during certain times of the year, like if there is a tendancy for “acid rain”. But most places are fully accepting of collecting your own rain water.

  4. Your garden looks nice. Over here in Manila, our summers (and pretty much all year round) are just scorching, but thankfully no drought has been announced. But you’re right, it’s always a good time to conserve water.

    1. All year round!? I would not enjoy that. I used to live in Phoenix Arizona and with as much as I’m done with snow after the first week or two of it, I’d hate to live in Phoenix again…there are no seasons…I believe in seasons.

  5. Even though we don’t live in a drought state, it is still important to conserve water. I really like that rain barrel. I’m going to think about getting one for when it doesn’t rain for a few days in the summer and the flowers are thirsty!

  6. Seriously, I need to look into this. I live in Colorado and they JUST made collecting rainwater legal (can you believe it was ever illegal in the first place?!) so we’ve been thinking about getting something like this.

    1. *I should note that I just looked and I was mistaken. The collection of rainwater easily passed committee and has been sent to the House so I guess it’s not officially legal yet.

  7. Wow this is pretty awesome. I hadn’t ever seen one of these before. I WOULD love to get one. I think it’s pretty awesome, and conserving water is super important to me!

  8. I think you are very wise to collect rainwater and use it to water plants etc. The way our environment is changing all over the world you may find yourself needing that for drinking water or to cook with.

  9. Wow! This is such a great way to conserve and reuse. I think my Kiddies would get a kick out of seeing how we can actually use rain water for more than just running through it 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. I learned something new I did not know using the dishwasher actually saves on water instead of hand washing all your dishes. Im going to start doing more hand washing

  11. I have this dream of someday living in a tiny house with no need for electric (solar panels) or running water (rain collection.) So I totally understand the need for these types of products. Sadly, I was reading the other day that some states, cities, counties are now banning the collection and use of rain water.

  12. We started a garden a few weeks ago. It wasnt terribly planned out so we have sunflowers growing between watermelons and the youngest had pumpkin seeds not lettuce lol. We do have a rain barrel and love it!

    1. Oh that sounds fun! Those sunflowers get tall! 😉 Watch out…watermelon sounds great…I wonder if we have the right climate for that where I live.

  13. That’s a pretty nice barrel to catch the rain. I wish we could also make garden like you do, my kids would be excited as well to harvest the fruits when in time.

  14. I have been talking about getting one of these. I will check this out. Thank you so much for sharing

  15. This is a good looking tuff rain barrel. We collect our rain water in a barrel too and it sure helps , especially when we dont get much rain. It also save us money on our water bill too. thanks for the info on the Tuff Tikes rain barrel.

  16. We have restricted times that we can water our yard where we live. I have to inform my hubby of this rain barrel. You know men & their lawns! Thank you for sharing this!!

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