I got a long awaited chance to try out my rainwater barrel last week during the lovely, welcome Thanksgiving rain that we got.
My barrel is not completely finished as you can see. I need to secure the mosquito netting on top with a rope or bunjee cord. It also makes me a bit nervous having water barrels and small children, so I am thinking that semi-permanent wooden lids of some kind might be a good idea for when the weather is dry. I also need to go outside during a rain storm to see where all the best spots will be for run off from the roof. However, the temporary spot I chose last week wasn't bad, and I still got about 40 gallons of rainwater over the course of a day or so.
I can only imagine how much I will be able to collect with enough barrels in all the right places.