A Pacific Beach resident collected nearly 200 gallons of water for re-use from one day of rain, and the barrels he used to capture the water ended up costing him practically nothing.

Christopher Thomas gathered the water through his rain gutter into four barrels.

He recently installed the barrels based on a rebate program offered through the City of San Diego and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

“It’s actually overflowing there is so much water in here,” Thomas said.

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