Sarasota County is going to start selling rain barrels! At first I thought the $37 per barrel was a little steep. I heard the county was giving them away at one point, and I saw a pair of them for $20 at the Lakewood Ranch garage sale. But as John would say, “That’s the garage sale in cuckoo town.” Nothing short of a car costs more than a dollar. Under normal shopping conditions, $37 now seems to be a good price. The kits Manatee County Utilities sell cost $39, and they’re kits…requiring assembly. You know how I feel about unnecessary steps. If I had the money, I’d scrap both plain Jane options and go for one that doubles as a planter. Like anything else, you can spend as little or as much as you want. Craig’s List has them starting at $10. On the high-end, I saw one absolutely hideous option that cost $942.50. It holds 300 gallons but looks like a gigantic, over-toasted, misshapen marshmallow. No thanks, I’ll keep my imaginary thousand dollars.
This is the set up outside City Hall. I don’t know the square footage, but it’s a large roof. Only three could fit in the collage, but they actually have five hooked together. This must save them a ton on their water bill. A one inch rainfall can yield 1,000 gallons of water from a 2,000 square-foot roof!