Most years, Contra Costa County gets a decent amount of rainfall. The rain that falls on your home and garden is a free supply of water that can save you money and protect our water supply. One inch of rain on a 1,000 square foot roof is over 620 gallons of water! And it’s simple to capture rainwater, so don’t let yours go down the drain. Start saving today with a rain garden or with rainwater harvesting.
A rain garden moves rainwater collected from your roof or driveway to a low area in your garden allowing it time to soak into the soil. The soil beneath your garden is like a giant sponge, storing water for your plants and reducing the amount you need to run your sprinklers or drip irrigation during the summer.
Rainwater harvesting collects and stores rainwater from your rooftop in barrels or cisterns to use later for irrigation. The more storage you have, the more plants you can water later.