To some people, saving up for emergencies would be the best course of living. This includes all manners of dire needs and emergencies; not just of monetary value. In the management of a household, water is a very important part of it that makes a home a home. Most of us are blessed with rain, yet many still take this for granted. Letting the rain flow down from the gutter into the drain would be very wasteful. Unfortunately not every house is equipped with a rain barrel.
If you have seen the importance of saving water in situations where it is most valuable, then what you need is a diy rain barrel. Unlike what you might think, setting one up is not that difficult. Generally all house has a built-in gutter on its roof. This is what channels the water down into the drain, so your diy rain barrel should have its kick start here. Start by choosing the best spot out of the outer walls of your house. In most cases the gutters are designed to have a lowest point in which the water would indefinitely flow towards. This point should also be the main source of your diy rain barrel.
You would also want to make sure that the chosen wall is not blocked by any other structure that would make retrieving the water in cases of emergency an arduous task. To start building, you can get the items needed for this project; most of which are easily obtained over the shelves at most general supplies store. The barrel should be a drum that can store up to 55 gallons of water. The water should be channeled through a vinyl pipe that is more resilient against repeated exposure to the sun and liquid, and finally you would need PVC couplings to hold them together. You can alter the gutter to flow to your barrel instead and voila; you are no longer wasting water