Rain Water Barrel
Using a rain water barrel allows homeowners to supplement other irrigation sources at a minimal cost. The rain water barrel has been around for thousands of years and the time has come for more homeowners to enjoy their benefits.
After setting up my first rain barrel I was able to save in excess of 1,500 gallons of water during the hot summer months alone. Needless to say that was a lot less money coming out of my wallet and going to the water bill. I not only use the collected water to water my garden and flower beds, but I also started washing my windows and cars too.
Below are just some of the varieties of Rain Water Barrels you can use to get started saving water and money as well (Click On A Picture To See More) :
Rainwater harvesting with a rain water barrel is always beneficial, whether the water is used to water one house plant or an entire garden. Also, collecting rainwater can be an inspiration to find other ways to to conserve water around the home.
When you design a rain water barrel you want it to be as large as your budget and location will allow. Many homeowners are making rain water barrells out of 50 to 55 gallon food grade drums that were used to carry food products, such as juices, olives, pickles, etc.
Containers or drums under 300 gallons are affordable, readily available at most drum or barrel suppliers and small enough to fit on most residential and commercial lots.
When choosing a location, you should keep in mind how the water is going to get from your catchment area to the storage tank. Most rain barrels will be placed adjacent to the home to tie into existing downspouts. Placing your storage tank closer to the area you want to water, such as your garden or planter bed, may provide easier access to the water, but may be impractical if long lengths of piping are needed to to get the water to the storage tank.
If you do not have gutters and do not want to add them you can place the rain water barrel directly under an area of the roof that sheds a lot of water. A screen can be placed over the barrel to keep out debris, small animals and insects.
Although a small rain barrel may not provide all of the water needed for your plants, it can certainly supplement your current watering needs. Planter beds, vegetable or flower gardens and potted plants can easily be irrigated with the water from a rain water barrel.
As an approximation, you can collect about half a gallon of rain water per square foot of roof area during a 1" rainfall. For example, a house with a 2,000 square foot roof can collect about 1,000 gallons of water. This is a substantial amount of water.
To calculate your volume of water, use only that portion of the roof or catchment area that is actually feeding your storage tank. As you can see, it doesn’t take much rain to fill a small rain barrel.
A typical half-inch rain fall event will a 50 to 55 gallon barrel. To store even more rain water, multiple rain water barrels can be linked together with hard PVC or flexible hose.
The water savings from using stored rainwater rather than municipal or well water can be sustained over a period of time. A rain water barrel can help the amount amount of water that may settle around the foundation of your home.
One step is to collect what rain water you can and save it up for times when there isn’t adequate rain fall. There is a lot of information out there on rainwater collection.