We just diverted our rain spout to drain into one of these fancy rain barrels. Our doesn't have the foliage in it yet, it isn't quite the growing season yet. Our drain was linked into the sewer system and the city sewer project made us unhook it, and a rain barrel is the option we decided to go with. We figured we would try to be environmentally friendly little hippy types and use the rain to water our plants. Well we have a full barrel and no plants to water yet. Once we plant some grass we should be set.