By Steve Graham, Networx

After rainstorms, many homeowners have mudholes under downspouts and sidewalks full of runoff. The day after watching gallons of water go to waste, it's back to watering with filtered drinking water. The environmentally responsible and financially sensible alternative is to harvest rainwater. Rainwater harvesting systems can be as simple as a collection barrel or as complex as a professionally landscaped trench garden weaving through the yard. There are a few legal and practical issues related to harvesting rainwater, but it can be an effective money- and water-saving option for most homeowners with landscaping.