*Options I considered for this project:
Store-bought drums or barrels may be a little more attractive, but I couldn't find any this big.
*Questions and unexpected events that arose during the project:
I had to make sure the barrel was elevated enough to gravity-feed all parts of my garden area. Also, mosquitos are a problem around my property, so I needed to make sure they couldn't breed in the cistern.
*My motivation to do this project:
Water bills in the City of Atlanta are extremly high. Saving my rainwater for garden irrigation has cut my water bills in half.