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Want to conserve water and money? Buy a rain barrel

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Rain Water Solutions displays rain barrels for purchase at a municipal sale in Wilmington, North Carolina. (Courtesy of Rain Water Solutions)


Aaron Pratt's rain barrels collect rainwater from gutter pipes and can help consumers conserve both water and money. (Courtesy of Aaron Pratt)


Water collected in rain barrels can be used to irrigate lawns and flower beds with a simple hose attachment, usually included in purchase. (Courtesy of Rain Water Solutions)

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Harnessing rain has become an increasingly popular way for people to lower their water bills and help the environment.