There is nothing like an obsessed husband to get a project overdone! I queried the idea of collecting rainwater for our garden after having an eye crossing water bill (still getting used to having to pay for water in Auckland) during a water restriction period. The next thing you know he was going to a course run by Ecomatters as part of the Ecowest festival (we love our new area) focussing on rainwater harvesting by Laurie Dee from The Hedgehog. We bought the required parts and my father happened to have a few barrels we could use and the rest is history. Since then we have added another two recycled barrels and two 1000L tanks. This water is now not only just for the garden but also gives our pets untreated water which they love, and guilt-free water play for the kids.