Week 7 challenge | Set up a rain barrel

Did you know that water covers 70 per cent of our planet but only three per cent
of the world's water is freshwater? That's the stuff we drink, shower in and water
our gardens with. Many of our water systems have become stressed, wetlands
are disappearing and many people around the world lack access to water.

Talk about a few BIG reasons to conserve our precious water supply, hey?
One way you can help is by setting up a rain barrel. While you can buy
ready-made rain barrels, you can also easily DIY one with supplies you
have on hand or find secondhand.

To set a rain barrel up, look around your house for a sizable container that
is waterproof (or can be made waterproof). Something like a Rubbermaid
container or a garbage or recycling bin. If you can't find anything at home,
stop by your local MCC Thrift shop and see what creative options you
can find!

Once you've got your container, place it on a stable, level surface next to
a downspout outside your home. You may need to cut the downspout in
order to fit the rain barrel under it. Your local hardware store is a great
resource to help with this set up if you need it. If you want to get fancy,
you can install spouts and screens too.

And you're done and ready to conserve water! Use your rain barrel water
to wash your vehicle, pets, driveway, sidewalks and windows. You can also
use it to water your garden and refill your fountains and fish ponds.

Did you try this challenge? Post a photo of your rain barrel on social media
with the hashtag #thrifty50 and tag us with @MCCThrift. We'd love to see
how you're doing!

Until next Wednesday,
Lori Giesbrecht
MCC Thrift

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