How to Collect Rainwater on a Balcony (and Why)

by balconyboss

Have you ever thought about collecting rainwater? If you haven’t, then it’s time to start thinking about this small yet surprisingly monumental action that could help change your life for the better. If you have a balcony, collecting rainwater is not hard to do and it comes with several benefits. Let’s take a closer look at how you can collect rainwater on your balcony as well as why you should do it in the first place.

Why Should You Collect Rainwater on a Balcony?

You are probably asking yourself: why would anyone collect rainwater in the first place? It might seem strange, especially if you’ve never collected rainwater before, but there are some great practical reasons why you should start collecting water when it rains.

Reduce water usage (and bills!) in the home

Rainwater can be reused, which means you will reduce your total water usage–and thus, your total water bill–in your home. This is especially important if you live in an area with restricted water resources or your water bills tend to be on the higher side. Using rainwater is free, easy, and helps reduce the water usage from the plumbing inside your home.

Ideal for watering outdoor (and indoor) plants

Another reason to collect rainwater is the fact that it can specifically be used to water your outdoor and indoor plants. If you have plants on your balcony, using collected rainwater is perfect because you don’t have to worry about carrying containers of water from the kitchen sink outdoors; anyone who has spilled water on the floor or couch on the way to the balcony will know what a relief this is!

How to Collect Rainwater on a Balcony

Now that you know why you should collect rainwater from your balcony, it’s time to look at how you can go about collecting it in the best way.

1. Select the right containers

First, you need to make sure you select the right containers for the job. The best types of containers are going to be ones that you can easily lift or those that are large enough that you can dip a watering container into them without risking the water spilling out. You should also look for containers that have an airtight top; this will help prevent bugs from getting into the water, since no one wants their water containers to become a breeding ground for mosquitos!

2. Set out your containers

The next thing you need to do is set your containers out in a spot where rain will collect inside them when it rains. Make sure to keep an eye on the forecast!

3. Cover your containers when not collecting

When you’re not actively collecting rainwater, your containers should be completely covered with an airtight cover.  In addition to an airtight container cover, you should keep the filled containers in an area where they can be set out of the way, such as a corner or underneath a table.

Final Thoughts on Balcony Rainwater Collection

Collecting rainwater on your balcony is easy and practical, and there’s no better time to start collecting than right now!