When you put the time and energy into planting a garden you want it to look nice, and during dry spells that means lots of watering.
A Lyndhurst businessman has a solution that won't raise your water bill, reported meteorologist Susanne Horgan.
When the forecast calls for rain, David George of Lyndhurst sees green.
He's tapping into Mother Nature for his business called Blue Water Ohio. George sells rain barrels for residential and commercial use.
"(There is a) very simple easy thing to do to reduce your carbon footprint," George said.
While water is probably not your biggest bill, George said it costs a lot to purify water, so you're taking the pressure off the water department, and your garden reaps the reward.
"(By) not using the tap water, you are not killing the nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the soil allow the plants to grow better the soil is healthier," George said.
George also buys them from companies which use the barrels to store anything from vinegar to soy sauce. The barrels come to him clean and ready to be rigged to catch rain water.
"I would say 99 percent of the people that get them are overjoyed, they don't even ask me how much they are they just ask me how soon can I get them"
The price depends on whether George installs the barrels.
For a little extra, George will build an elevated platform with attachments.
The barrels hold about 55-gallons, and George said rain will fill up the barrel in about 30 minutes if it's attached to your gutter.
For more information, go to www.bluewaterohio.com
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