I forgot to mention that I used our rainbarrel all winter last year. I kept draining it almost dry to water the goats and chickens. I had to take water from the house a few times and I knew I was going to have to do something different than bringing a 5 gallon bucket from the basement and still not have enough. It was a balancing act of checking snow forecasts and letting the water out when we were getting a lot of snow. The hardest part was keeping the hose clear so it didn't freeze. I don't want to pay for water when I have it dripping off the roof making ice puddles to walk through. I take these shortages as incentive to use my intuition. Stay positive and plan ahead & we will get through.