Joanne Poyourow has a great outlook on rain barrels as a blogger at Transition United States (http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2011-03-14/defense-rain-barrells) :
Rain barrels raise awareness.
When we use hose water, we think nothing of the waste. We think nothing of dropping the hose to run and get the phone, or hosing off that patio chair, whatever. When we haul water we begin to think differently. We start to notice where every single drop goes, because we had to save it and haul it in order to use it. Rain barrels are a terrific low-tech simple tool to get people thinking about water in a radical, root level, different way. I’ve had rain barrel newbies come to me and exclaim how quickly the barrel fills in a single storm (i.e. within minutes). Then they return and express their amazement and dismay at how far the water didn’t go as they used it, thus how they began using it so much more carefully. Rain barrels are an excellent way to “dip your toe in the water” of beginning water awareness.
Our first sale of 2012 in support of Brantford’s St. Jude’s Anglican Church’s Food Cupboard is this Saturday. Make sure your order is in NOW at www.RainBarrel.ca/Brantford so you don’t miss out. Check out our other sales if another location is needed.