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At our Chicago house we had a very small backyard, terraced with several gardens. A couple of rainbarrels would have worked fine, although during long dry stretches we would have had to supplement with house water. It isn't that it makes utility water 100% unnecessary, just that it can take care of 50% or more of the typical usage over the course of a s season.

Sure, if you have a really small yard. 100 sq ft is the size of a small bedroom. For my yard, it would take over 3000 gallons per week to water it or over 50 rain barrels. It's not that big of a yard. Only about 5000 square feet.

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