If you have an asphalt shingle roof and are concerned about using water collected from it, you need not be. Before you had a rain barrel, rain water from a downspout was pouring out onto your lawn, and vegetables were fine. You’re going to take the water and pour it in the dirt, which will serve as a filter, and then the vegetables will certainly be rinsed once in the kitchen before cooking or eating. So there should be no concern in that regard.
Rain barrels pay for themselves over time. Look at the water flowing out of your downspouts the next time it’s raining and consider that it could be a free resource for you, and reduce your water bill considerably. Just having a 50 gallon rain barrel or a linked series of rain barrels can allow you to leave that hose on the reel for a while. Even if you have a well, the use of the soft water from the barrel is a better source for the hydration of your plants, and reduces the chance of the well running dry during drought conditions.
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