Collecting rain water in barrels is now legal in Colorado – and that means some homes can snag thousands of gallons a year.

You can have two 55-gallon rain barrels on any property. You can get those at most hardware stores, and online.

Next, it just takes a simple kit and drill, and you’re on your way.

We had Travis Thompson with Denver Water join us on 9NEWS Mornings to give an explainer about the barrels and getting started.

See his tips on Facebook Live here:

One thing Thompson recommends is making sure your rain barrel is covered, so it doesn’t become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Also, this water isn’t for drinking – instead, it’s for things like watering your lawn.

He has more tips in the video above!