Environmentally conscious gardeners are seeking out natural sources of water for their home gardens in increasing numbers. A nearby stream is a great option for a home garden. The supply of water is abundant, fresh and full of nutritious organisms and minerals. And as long as you have a way to get it to your plants, they'll have all they'll need to quench their thirst.
Get to know the stream in question. Look along the banks of the stream for posted signs that identify the stream as polluted and check the water for obvious signs of pollution like a chemical or sewage smell, discoloration, or trash collecting along the banks.
Collect stream water in a metal or wooden bucket or other receptacle. Find a section of the stream that is at least as deep as your receptacle is wide (or use a small container to dump water into a larger one). When collecting the water, try to get some sand from the bed of the stream in the receptacle. It is full of plant nutrients.
Store your stream water out of direct sunlight until you are ready to use it.