Collecting rainwater for use in your lawn or garden is a great way to ease the stress on local water supplies, while saving a little cash at the same time. But whether you use a small rain barrel or a huge cistern, you need to get the water where you want it – which is where this handy rainwater diverter kit comes in.
Collecting rainwater from a home’s existing gutters and downspouts is ideal, since a roof functions as a giant funnel. In fact, just one inch of rain falling on a 1,600 square foot rooftop is enough water to fill a 1,000-gallon tank!
A simple, easy-to-install option for capturing all that water is the Oatey Mystic Rainwater Collection System. By replacing a short section of an existing downspout, a homeowner can divert rainwater into a barrel or reservoir while still allowing excess water and debris to flow past normally. The Oatey Mystic includes a length of 1-1/4″ hose, and it can be painted to match existing trim.
Oatey Mystic Rainwater Collection System, $18.98 from Amazon.