I live in the Southeast and we have gotten a tremendous amount of rain. I looked out my kitchen window and saw an umbrella sitting there in the rain – “BINGO!”
I stuck the umbrella upside down on top of a Home Depot bucket. The simple idea here is to use the surface area of the umbrella to capture falling rain – and allow it to drain into the bucket.
It worked fantastic. I had a particularly heavy ran and the bucket filled close to half-way (2.5 gallons). The water did pool quite a bit in the umbrella as it was raining. Placing a couple of holes or tears would help the water flow into the bucket.
Imagine: Stashed in your shed or garage a dozen buckets bought for a couple bucks a piece along with a dozen umbrella’s bought at the dollar store. See some rain clouds coming? -Place a dozen bucket/umbrella combinations out in the yard and depending on how hard it comes down ending up with a couple dozen gallons of water is not out of the question.
Of course, there are many other methods – this is just one example.