Water is necessary to all living things. Water is all around us, in the air and in the ground. It is in milk, vegetables, fruits, meat, leaves, trunk, roots and branches of a tree, it is even in stones. We use water in many things like for drinking, people should drink eight glasses of water each day to stay healthy. To wash cars, clothes, dishes and ourselves as well. We also need water to cook, put out fires, to water the plants, lawns, tress and bushes. There are many plants and animals that live in water, either salt water or fresh water than on land. These are just some reasons why water is important. Most people do not realize this and they just waste water. For instance, in brushing the teeth, they just keep running the water while brushing their teeth and even in washing the dishes. We need to conserve water like using rain barrels because we don’t have much fresh water on earth. We have to reduce the usage of water and recycle the waste water for different purposes such as cleaning, manufacturing, and agricultural irrigation. The use of rain barrels can save you literally thousands of gallons of water during the summer when less rain falls. Rainwater is also naturally soft meaning it lacks the minerals and chemicals associated with ground water or water from municipal water systems. It is clean and uncontaminated. During the summer months, most of the water is use for household, in watering the lawn and garden maintenance. A rain barrel collects water and stores it for those times that you need it most. Using rain barrels potentially helps home owners lower water bills, while also improving the vitality of plants, flowers, trees, and lawn. Having stored rain water at home provides you with an emergency water supply in the event of water shortage, drought or damaged water supply line. You can also lessen the impacts of drought with collected rain water by using the precious tap water supply for essential purposes and leave the non-potable uses to rain water. So remember, using rain water is also environmental friendly as it helps conserve precious water supply and reduce the amount of pollutants pouring into local storm water systems.