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Oak Rain Barrel – Why You Need One

May 31st, 2009

 

Wood Rain BarrelAn oak rain barrel allows you to do many different things with the rain water you collect and store. This article reviews what they do, why you need one and how an oak rain barrel works.

Rain Barrels are quickly growing as the number one "green" product across the country – and in today’s economy, can you blame them? It is important for people as consumers to find new solutions for their rising water cost, stressed water systems, and dwindling resources.

Rain barrels – also known as rain catchment systems and water cisterns – have exploded on to the market. They offer a number of alternatives to water preservation and usage. They are quite simple to use – the barrels help reduce the amount of storm runoff from your home by capturing it and allowing you to use it for your own needs.

There are a number of different things that you will be able to do with your harvested rain water. It can be used for watering your landscape and garden, washing your car, and filling your swimming pool. If it is properly filtered it can even be used for bathing and drinking. It is crucial to remember to never drink the water from your rain barrel unless you have the proper filtration device for purification.

Wood Rain BarrelsRain barrels are available in a number of different sizes and styles. Whether you need water for smaller everyday tasks or for plumbing in your home – there is a rain barrel to suit your need. With so many different styles available you will be able to find one to fit in with your backyards dcor. There are many basic rain barrels, or more stylish ones that even look like terracotta pots. With so many different styles available, finding one that you like will be easy.

Once you have purchased your rain barrel, you will need to prepare your home to utilize your new catchment system. The installation of your rain barrel is really quite easy. The first thing that you will need to find is a level section of ground near your downspout. The design of your rain barrel will determine how the placement of your downspout will feed into your barrel. Although rain barrels are very similar – they will differ slightly on how they connect to your downspout.

Every rain barrel that you encounter will have an overflow spout that is used to lead all excess water away from your homes foundation to prevent any damage. Once you have your downspout positioned to lead into your barrel correctly, you will be able to connect a hose or spigot and begin using your newly captured water!

Now if you would like to catch more rain water – instead of just letting the excess water fall to the wayside once your barrel is full – you can connect multiple barrels to your already stationary rain barrel. All you will need to do is connect a hose or pipe to your overflow spout from one rain barrel to another. You can connect as many barrels as you would like to catch the most rain water.

Why wouldn’t you want a rain barrel? Your water bill will be reduced significantly and you will have a gorgeous lawn and a lush garden. There are so many different styles and uses for rain barrels that you are bound to find one that is the perfect fit for you! For more information, please visit Woodland Direct.

Author: Stephanie Hobbs

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Rain Barrel Overview

Description: The barrels are converted from barrels that were once filled with bourbon at Kentucky distilleries to fully functional rain barrels. The barrels are made out of white oak and are inspected by a Kentucky cooperage.

3 Cheap DIY Rain Barrels That Actually Look Nice!

Reuse an Old Barrel: Lots of home and garden stores, nurseries, wineries, and the like will sell you used oak barrels that make beauitful and GREAT rain barrels.

DIY Project

I decided to craft a rain barrel out of a used Temlpeton Rye whiskey barrel from the distillery. I found some plans online and used some of them and a little tinkering of my own to arrive at the design I’ve used.

Rain Barrels!

TerraCycle sells converted oak barrels that are apparently made in Stockton (or so says the Chron) Step-by-Step: Converting Wine Barrels to Rain Barrels (Life is Good in Penticton) Harvesting the Water with Rain Barrels (This Old House).

Gorgeous Rain Barrel

The Litzkows, who own the Wissahikon Inn B & B in St Croix Falls, told me about Gary and Kate Amunrud who have French oak wine barrels (made in France) and used in making wine in Napa Valley.

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English Rain Barrel For Rainwater Harvesting

May 30th, 2009

 

cheap rain barrelsAn english rain barrel is perfect to use for harvesting rain water. This article discusses the benefits of using rain barrels, like an english rain barrel, to collect and store rainwater.

Did you know that…every square foot of roof produces about 1/2 gallon of reusable water, so…depending on your roof size, 1/2 inch of rain could fill a 50 gallon barrel. Rain flows from the roof through the gutters right into your rain barrel. Rain barrel water recovery systems can supply enough recycled rain water to water your home garden for an entire season.

Collecting and recycling rainwater has been done for thousands of years. The modern rain barrel is attractive; they are available in a variety of sizes and colors and can blend with your current landscape.

Homeowners all across the country are getting serious about saving energy and learning to save money where they can. Recycle rainwater and reuse the water later for landscaping or watering the garden for a fast and easy way to start saving money on your water bill. With a rain barrel system you could easily have enough water to last the growing season.

With a lot of the countrysuffering from drought conditions, saving rainwater makes good sense. Rainwater is a renewable natural resource and rain barrels make it easy to collect and save water that can be used for gardening and other things. Rain barrels are equipped with an easy linking system that allows you to connect barrels and catch overflow water.

Reuse your rainwater to safely:

  • Water the garden
  • Water house plants
  • Wash the car
  • Fill birdbaths
  • Water and bathe animals
  • Fill water fountains

 rain barrels for saleRain barrels have a spigot at the bottom of the tank for easy access to the water and need to be raised off the ground and set on a sturdy surface.Use a fine mesh screen that closes securely to keep your barrel covered, for safety reasons. Clean your barrel periodically and store it upside down. Protect your rain barrel from freezing for maximum use.

You will need accessories like diverters, clamps and hose to build your system, but it is a simple process. Although hoses, clamps and spigots are included with your barrel you may need to upgrade them. Rain barrel water recovery systems are a great way to easily save money and recycle.

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Author: Belinda Nelson

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Installing A Rain Barrel

But you don’t have to wait for it to rain to keep your plants happy. About a year ago, ABC 7′s Scott Dennis put together a segment on rain barrels – how they work and their many benefits.

Rain Barrel Benefits

We have added a rain barrel, our new irrigation system. Rain barrels not only store water, they help decrease demand during the summer months.

Rain Barrel

Just place the rain barrel underneath your downspout (roof drain) and ensure it’s sitting on a level surface. Once it collects enough rainwater, you can attach your favorite hose to the receptor and start watering your garden.

Use A Rain Barrel To Conserve Water

Rain water barrels can help more homeowners to economize gallons of water during the dry season of summer. Preserving water can assist us in saving energy and money as well.

Rain Barrels Save Money

Rain barrels provide a way to supply water to your garden or wash a vehicle, and never turn on the spigot in the home. You will save money on your water bill.

How A Rain Barrel Can Save You Money And Benefit The Environment

Rain barrel is a very easy way to extend the benefits of a rainfall. A lot of water that is consumed goes for watering gardens and lawns. This potable water can be saved if one could use an alternate source for watering the gardens.

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Make Your Own Rain Barrel

May 26th, 2009

 

how to build a rain barrelMake your own rain barrel following the instructions discussed in this article. This is one of the most detailed plans to make your own rain barrel that you are likely to come across.

To conserve the municipal water used on our flowers, shrubs, and tomato plants, we installed an easy-to-manipulate 150-gallon plastic farm-type stock-watering tank underneath our back deck where it became a hidden rain barrel. We drew the spout-collected rain water from the tank with a small portable electric sump-pump having a garden hose attached to its outlet. During the manual watering of our plants, we controlled the flow with an adjustable nozzle at the outer end of the hose.

Items used

  1. one 150-gallon plastic stock-watering tank with a drain plug, 35"H x 39"W x 58"L (acquired from a discount farm-supply hardware store)
  2. one portable 110-VAC submersible sump-pump, flat-bottom floor-type with hose attachment, 1/4-to-1/3-hp, or equivalent
  3. four inexpensive wooden slats, 1" x 2" x 40"
  4. one roll of fine-mesh aluminum window screen, 64"x44" or larger
  5. eight 1"-long speed screws and a compatible screwdriver
  6. small box of 1/4" staples and small hammer, or equivalents
  7. one garden hose 5/8" by 50′, or as needed with adjustable nozzle
  8. one electrical extension cord (length needed to reach an outlet)
  9. one 110-VAC outdoor electrical outlet (switch-controlled if possible)
  10. one rain-gutter spout from the house rooftop

Assembly

  1. Attach the wooden slats across the top narrow width of the tank by screwing them down to the rim.
  2. Place the sump-pump with attached hose on the floor of the tank at the desired location. Let its electrical cord and attached garden hose hang out over the rim.
  3. Spread the screen over the slats atop the tank to cover it entirely. Staple the screen down to the slats. Let the screen portion above the pump and its cord and hose remain as a loose flap in case the pump must be serviced or removed.
  4. Tighten the drain plug.
  5. Place the tank close to the chosen gutter spout. If possible, hide it behind or under a deck or bush, or camouflage it as desired.
  6. Route the end of the gutter spout to the top of the tank above the screen so that the tank will collect the rain water.
  7. Extend the extension cord to the power supply.

Water collection

The experts say a one-inch rain will yield a total of 600-gallons of water from a 1000-square-foot home catchment area. Our home is slightly over 1000-square-feet. Thus, our tank filled to overflow from one spout during the first rain. The overflow drained away from the house via a sloped terrace.

We had no trouble drawing water from the tank all summer since we had adequate rainfall this year. A larger tank would have filled just as easily. The tank’s fine-screen covering kept it and its collected water free of excess debris, which consisted of wind-blown grass, leaves, and miscellaneous material coming from the screen-covered roof gutters.

Two advantages

Two major advantages came with harvesting rooftop water in this manner. First, the tank was not an eyesore because it was hidden. Our deck is surrounded with shrubs.

Second, the sump-pump provided adequate water pressure at all times, even when the water level in the tank got low. In fact, with our tank-and-pump arrangement, we could have run multiple sprinklers for the lawn, too. We might try that next summer although it might require a slightly different pump.

Author: J Delms

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Making A Rain Barrel

May 25th, 2009

 

Rain Barrel InfoMaking a rain barrel for conserving water and saving money on your water bills is an easy do-it-yourself project as this article discusses.

Whether you live in an area hard-hit by drought, are looking to save money on your water bills, or just want to conserve water because it’s a precious resource (or all three!), perhaps this spring it’s time to harvest rain water and use it around your house. I plan to do so within the next couple of weeks. Here’s why-and how you can too.

Why bother?

Did you know that in the summer, as much as 40 percent of a homeowner’s water use goes to the yard?

Why not replace some of that water coming from the outdoor faucet with rainwater?

Just think of all the rainwater that washes away each time it pours. According to the U.S. EPA, a rain barrel can save a single homeowner about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. That’s a lot of water for very little money or work. Plus, harvesting that water means less of it ends up in your sewer treatment facility-and you’re helping to keep rivers, beaches, and the like a bit cleaner (because that water runoff often picks up some nasty contaminants and litter on its way). Oh, and did I mention that naturally softened rainwater is great for water plants, cleaning your car, or even washing windows? It is-you just can’t drink it!

How do I start?

Making your own rain barrel is a pretty darn easy DIY project-all you really need is a large food-quality barrel or even a big plastic garbage can with a lid. You’ll need to make a hole in the lid for the gutter connector and a hole near the bottom of the can where you’ll want to screw in a spigot. But, essentially, that’s it.

Lucky for you, there are lots of resources online to help you with the steps. Check out the easy instructions provided by Southwest Florida Water Management District or the City of Bremerton, Washington (you can even download their handy brochure).

In case you’re like me and like to shop around for how-to info, I thought I’d include a few more sites with step-by-step pointers: HGTV, DIY Network, Naturalrainwater.com (I love the illustrations here) are three that will have you in the know. And you can’t beat Garden Gate magazine’s comprehensive guide.

If you really don’t want to make your own barrel, you can also buy one, of course.

What’s that you say? You don’t want your water catchment system out in the open? Well then check out the terrific idea Michelle Kaufmann posted on Instructables: make your barrel part of your garden.

This weekend, I’m going to buy a Watersaver downspout rainwater diverter and make a homemade barrel to use with it. Who’s with me?

Author: Julie Collins

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(Another) Easy Rain Barrel

Everyone knows there are a lot of different rain barrel designs on this site. If you build it, water will flow.

How to Make Your Own Rain Water Barrel for Rainwater Harvesting

As you can see, learning how to build a rain water barrel is fairly simple. If you don’t feel comfortable with these few steps you can always purchase a rain barrel kit.

Rain Barrel

This is a good link I found on how to make a rain barrel from a plastic barrel. Pretty good info too. Thought you may like it.

The Rain Barrel

Several weeks ago I decided to become water-wise and install a rain barrel. 

Wichita Rain Barrel With A Unique Set Up

Here are some shots of a Wichita Rain Barrel set up we did not to long ago. You will see in the first shot the WRB (Wichita Rain Barrel) is already set in place on four cinder blocks.

How to Make a Rain Barrel

A rain barrel is something that I have wanted to make and install. It’s something easy that I can do to conserve water and also use the water for flowers.

Getting Started With a Rain Barrel

Be sure to ONLY get a barrel that carried food products. Make your own with the instructions you get free on line or take a rain barrel class.

Installing A Rain Barrel Is A Very Wise Thing To Do

It should also have an overflow system that comes into play when the barrel is full. When you already decide and buy one, make sure you place the rain barrel on a level surface and secure it to prevent tipping.

How To Make A Rain Barrel

Ever since we spotted a rain barrel in action on our visit to Matt & Kristin’s house last fall, Sherry and I have been itching to harness the power of our own otherwise wasted rainwater. So we participated in a recent rain barrel making workshop.

Make a Rain Barrel

Man oh man do I have a weekend project for you. As I’ve mentioned before, harvesting rainwater at home is a great way to save money, save water, and keep your yard or garden looking great.

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Rain Barrel Garden

May 24th, 2009

 

half rain barrelIf you are a gardener you probably already do a bit composting to recycle yard and kitchen waste. This homemade "Black Gold" does wonders for your plants and soil. But, have you discovered the gardening benefits of harvesting and recycling rainwater to use in the garden?

Many communities nationwide are experiencing either short-term or long-term water shortages. Some communities have begun rationing programs and impose fines if a homeowner uses too much water. Why not try some simple rainwater harvesting techniques and use the water to irrigate your garden? You’ll be able to water your plants when they need it and you may see a bit of savings on your water bill at the same time.

Harvesting rainwater is as simple as placing a rain barrel under a roof gutter downspout. Practically any large, clean container can be used as a rain barrel. For instance, you can use a plastic or metal trash can. However, there are major benefits to using commercially designed rain barrels.

Features of commercially available rain barrels include: childproof and pet-proof lids, mosquito screens, overflow hardware, spigots for attaching hoses, and the ability to link multiple barrels together. These features make using your rainwater much easier and safer. Many city water departments will give homeowners a rebate on their water bill if they buy a rain barrel.

You can find durable, heavy-duty rainbarrels at most home improvement stores and garden centers. You can also order them from online suppliers. These rain barrels can be quite attractive also. Some are made to look like traditional round wooden barrels while some are square, or half-round to provide versatility and style when placing one beside your house. Some rain barrels currently on the market are made from recycled shipping containers for Mediterranean foods such as olives.

What are some of the advantages of collecting rainwater for use in your garden? For starters, you will be doing your part to conserve both water and energy. When you use rainwater you will not be using your municipal drinking water and will not be using the energy it takes to pump it to your house. It’s free, so you won’t be billed for it! Rainwater is fresh and naturally low in salt and chlorine so it’s good for your plants. Most of the time it is not cold and won’t shock your plants like water from an underground source can do.

Your grandparents probably used rain barrels to irrigate their gardens. Why not try something old to solve a new problem and conserve water by using a rain barrel? Even if you live in an area with very little annual rainfall you will be amazed when your rain barrel fills up after just one or two rain showers.

Author: Amy Passmore

Article by Amy Passmore for The Gardening Guide. Visit The Gardening Guide for more information on conserving water in your garden

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Rain Barrels Save Money

Rain barrels provide a way to supply water to your garden or wash a vehicle, and never turn on the spigot in the home. You will save money on your water bill. You are also helping the environment when you use rain barrels.

My Garden Can Keep Me Cool During The Summer??

Our first Green Cottage homeowner will have her very own rain garden in her yard. Not only will the trees she will plant help keep her house cool, but by using a rain barrel to divert storm water into the garden.

Rain Barrel Reviews 

I have a large vegetable garden that requires alot of water during growing season. I have always used a timer to try and cut back on the use of water, but using this Rain Barrel has helped me decrease that use even more.

Tattoos and Rain Barrels

The next two pictures are my rain barrel and the overflow containers I use to save water. I can water my garden and container plants for about ten days. I also fill my water garden with rainwater.

Why You Need To Buy A Quality Rain Barrel?

Rain barrels can help hold gallons of rainwater, which can be used later. You can therefore save a lot of money in water bills and can offer fresh water supply to the plants in your garden.

Rain Barrel : Start Collecting Free Water

Rain Barrel : Start collecting free water. Rarely does Mother Nature provide your lawn or garden with just enough rain to keep if fat and happy throughout the Summer. 

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Making Rain Barrels

May 23rd, 2009

 

rain barrel setupMaking rain barrels is a great way to join the recycling craze. Not only does making rain barrels recycle rain water it also recycles used plastic barrels. This article takes a look at how you can use rainbarrels to reuse rainwater.

Most of us take water for granted until it doesn’t rain for a month or two and the city asks you to stop watering your lawn and garden. One of the best ways to help guard against this is by recycling rainwater. There are many ways to collect and recycle rainwater but one of the best and most cost effective is to setup a simple rain barrel.

It is estimated that an inexpensive rain barrel can save you as much as 1000 gallons of water over the course of a normal summer by simply recycling rainwater.

Of course, the exact amount will vary depending on the amount of rainfall in your area but the savings from recycling rainwater in most cases will be substantial. The idea is to position the rain barrel under a roof drain downspout so that it collects rain running off the roof of your house and recycling the rainwater on your plants and lawn as needed. You can buy a ready-made rain barrel but it is also very easy and inexpensive to build your own.

Almost all the materials are available at your local hardware store. The main item you will need is a large plastic drum. Getting one is not as difficult as it may seem. Most soft drink manufacturers around the world are willing to sell you an inexpensive 55 gallon plastic drum. Usually the plastic drum you get will have its top sealed so you will have to drill a hole in the middle top of the drum. Many people will put a screen or other type of filter over this hole so that leaves and other debris do not get into the rain barrel. If your roof gutter system already has grills or screens to keep leaves out then you won’t need to worry about a filter for the barrel. Usually it is a good idea to raise the barrel up off the ground by putting it on cinder blocks. This will help protect the ground underneath and make it easier to recycle the rainwater you collect in the rain barrel. You will undoubtedly have to raise the height of your downspout as well so that it is slightly above the level of the top of the drum.

Now that we have the drum setup for collecting rainwater, we need to arrange a way to get it out. The simplest way is to drill a small hole in the lower side of the drum a couple inches up from the bottom and glue in a PVC male adaptor then attach a 3 to 4 foot length of plastic hose to this adaptor. Of course, it is important to keep the end of the hose above the top of the barrel so that the barrel doesn’t drain. You can notch the top rim of the drum as a holder for the hose or alternately you can attach a plastic valve to the end of the hose. Finally, at the end of the hose you will want to attach a plastic adaptor that allows the attachment of a standard garden hose. This setup will use gravity to drain the drum. To use the rainwater collected simply put the end of the garden hose on the ground you intend to water, open the valve if you used one and the drum will self-drain out the end of the garden hose. To stop the flow either close the valve or raise the end of the garden hose above the top level of the drum.

Author: Michael Russell

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Plastic Rain Barrels For Your Garden

May 23rd, 2009

 

rain catch barrelsPlastic rain barrels can be used to collect rain water to use in your flower beds and garden. This article looks at why more and more homeowners are looking to plastic rain barrels for their outdoor watering needs.

Avid gardeners spend a good part of the winter planning what they will plant in the spring. Even casual gardeners invest plenty of time and money in their plants. Regular watering is one key to a successful garden. So what’s a gardener to do when faced with lack of rainfall combined with water restrictions in the middle of a hot summer?

More and more gardeners are turning to rain barrels to keep their gardens happy and healthy. Saving rainwater to use during dry periods is an ancient practice that is once again becoming popular. This low-tech but ingenious solution is simple and inexpensive, and provides chemical-free water that plants thrive on.

The plastic rain barrels come in a range of sizes, with 50 to 60 gallons being most common. Simply place the barrel under a downspout in an unobtrusive part of your yard and wait for rain. Instead of letting rainwater flow down your driveway and into a storm drain, it will collect in the barrel for later use.

You can harvest a surprisingly large amount of rainwater from your gutters. Just a small amount of rain — less than half an inch — can easily fill a 50 gallon rain barrel, so you can quickly start to collect enough to keep your flower beds, garden or houseplants well watered. "It won’t be enough o water your lawn, but it will be plenty for vegetable gardens, flowers and shrubbery," says Lars Hundley, owner of Dallas-based CleanAirGardening.com, an online company that specializes in environmentally friendly lawn and garden supplies. To collect more water, you can connect several barrels with a pip or hose, or you can put barrels under more than one gutter downspout.

Once your rain barrel is full, you can hook a hose up to the rain barrel to water your garden (rain barrels are perfect to use with soaker hoses), or you can simply dip a watering can into the barrel. Rainwater is naturally soft and free of minerals, chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals.

"Trees and plants rely on fungus, bacteria and nematodes to help them absorb the minerals and nutrients they need," explains Hundley. "Plants have an efficient immune system that allows them to fend off diseases and other invaders as long as they have a healthy soil environment and aren’t stressed by other factors," he adds. Chemical fertilizers, fungicides, pesticides and drought disrupt the balance and harmony of the soil, weakening trees and plants and allowing disease to take over. "The chemicals and hard water from many municipal water systems also add to the imbalance of the soil. Watering with softer, natural rainwater is a nice treat for your plants," says Hundley.

In addition to being good for your plants, rain barrels can also save you money. Some experts estimate that lawn and garden watering make up almost 40 percent of total household water use during the summer; by utilizing collected rainwater, you can substantially reduce this amount. As an added benefit, collecting rainwater also helps control moisture levels around the foundation of your house.

Here are some tips to consider when shopping for a rain barrel:

* Make sure your barrel is child-proof. A safety grid at the top prevents children and animals from entering.

* All systems should use covered barrels that keep the water from accumulating leaves and other debris. They should also have some kind of filter to keep out silt and leaves; these can range from a funnel with mesh in the bottom that is covered by gravel to a rainwater washing apparatus that you can purchase.

* Keep mosquitoes from breeding in your barrel by keeping it tightly covered and using debris screens to filter water before it enters the barrel. Cleaning your gutters and downspouts frequently and using collected rainwater within a few days will also help control mosquito problems. You can place a nontoxic mosquito "dunk," in the barrel for additional protection.

Some cities have started programs to give residents easy access to affordable rain barrel systems. You may be able to find a limited selection of rain barrels at your local garden supply store.

Author: Dharmender Singh

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Make Use Of All That Rain

Simple rain barrels made of recycled food-grade plastic or polyethylene store about 50 gallons of water at a time from roof downspouts.

Best Rain Barrels

Most commercially-made rain barrels are constructed out of PVC plastic or lightweight metal. Some are collapsible, making them easy to store.

Rain Barrels and It’s Uses

Having rain water barrels are really handy to have and there are also lots of options you can choose from. There are varieties made from plastic, some barrels and some fashioned into stylish urns to match up your yard landscaping.

Rain Barrels

A rain barrel is any wooden, plastic or terra cotta container positioned so as to capture the runoff from your roof during a rain. A spigot near the bottom of the barrel makes using the captured water much easier. 

Manatee County’s Rain Barrel Program

Rain barrel kit includes a plastic 55 gallon recycled drum, debris drain, PVC fittings, brass spigot and assembly directions. Manatee County residents and businesses are eligible to purchase the kit.

Rain Barrel

Buy a rain barrel or make your own. Rain barrels are usually made from food grade plastic and are readily available from many larger hardware stores.

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Rain Barrel Collection – Catch The Rain

May 11th, 2009

 

Barrels For RainRain barrel collection systems are a terrific and effective way to store water. This article discusses why rain barrel collection is something you should consider doing for your home watering needs.

Now that the "first flush" rain of the season has arrived, it’s time to consider banking some of the next wet currency in storage containers for outdoor use next spring. Water or lack of it due to restrictions in many Bay Area communities is forcing people to take a closer look at how they use water and consider new strategies to help stretch their water options.

During a typical rainy season, most communities see an average rainfall of 30 inches. For a 2,000 square foot home, that means approximately 37,000 gallons of water will run off the roof and down the storm drain.To counter this lost opportunity, a San Anselmo company, California Rainwater Conservation Systems, LLC is selling super-sized rain barrels. "The beauty of these 200 and 300 gallon barrels is that they are completely self-sufficient systems," says company president Andrew Vance. "During a storm, the system can also redirect water to other spots on a homeowner’s property by connecting the overflow valve to a regular garden hose. This process of sinking water at its origin helps replenish the aquifer through filtration which, ecologically, is a far better option than sending run-off through flood-prone drainage systems."

Rain storage systems draw a comparison to an insurance policy for landscaping. During uncertain times such as the present state drought, residents can bank water to use later on. In extreme conditions such as the 80′s drought, many remember choosing which plants were expendable and which ones received their recycled bath or dish water.

More frequently, extreme conservation measures are on the drawing board for many California cities. Just this past week, an emergency water conservation plan was presented in San Diego that would create a property-by-property water budget for residential customers. The East Bay water district has also called on residents to make significant (19%) reductions in water use or incur considerably higher water bills. In Palo Alto, Santa Cruz and Santa Monica, a rebate program for rain barrels encourages customers to conserve by creating value around their water use and ultimately, behavioral modifications.

Whatever the forecast for this winter’s rainfall, water conservation is here to stay and rain harvesting is a measurable tool in this effort. What’s missing? Two words, awareness and initiative. The idea is there, the technology is there, but the initiative is missing in both individual homeowners and public entities. More education on the matter is needed. Rebates for homeowners who want to put in rainwater storage systems are needed. Above all, awareness is needed. Awareness that there is a problem and awareness that there is a solution.

Author: Patti Vance

Next community rain barrel distribution day: Sunday, November 23rd, 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. 1601 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax Ca. For more information go to: http://www.Calrainwater.com (permission to use photos from website)

Patti Vance is the founder of California Rainwater Conservation Systems, LLC and is an accredited member of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association. She also serves as a board member for the Environmental Education Council of Marin. Website: http://www.calrainwater.com

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Rain Barrells – Saving You Money

May 10th, 2009

 

Rain barrells are a great way to save money on your water bill and allow you to collect and store rain water for later use in your garden and landscaping. This article reviews rain barrells and how they save you money.

The entire "green" industry is progressively focusing more and more on environmentally friendly production and products. With increased incentives backed by government agencies as well as the general consensus that environmental stability needs to start now, more and more companies are developing new innovative products to adhere to this. In some ways it’s a shame that the only way to cause change is through monetary incentive programs or the need to be trendy, the counter-argument is the need to put food on the table or fuel in the yacht or the increased cost of doing business.

Whatever the case may be, positive change is good relating to the environment. Now this isn’t stating change can only happen through big business, even the end consumer, can have a major impact. So you might be asking, where’s my incentive program? The answer is, certain products can actually save you money, and this isn’t just pocket change. Hundreds of dollars per year really adds up: take a minimal amount, $350 per year. You save that in a high interest savings account, 20 years down the road you have close to $10,000! Want to start saving money today? An excellent and reliable option is rain barrels.

So what is a rain barrel? Rain barrels are basically rain collectors that are placed at the base of your down spouts around your home. If you have ever noticed how much rain water pours out of these spouts during a sever rain storm, you can see the potential this product boasts. And the advantages are simple, during a storm these barrels fill up, when it comes time to water your grass again, you can attach your hose directly to the barrel. These rain barrels have the ability to hold a lot of water, most can hold 60-100 gallons!

With this product you save in numerous ways: watering grass is expensive, you will notice a drastic decrease in your monthly water bill with the usage of this product, grass replacement can be expensive and labor intensive, this products ensures your grass stays healthy and green, and lastly having extensive water around the foundation of a home can be risky. Many of the down spouts found around homes, directs water into a pool which then seeps into the ground and can potentially cause major problems with leaky basements and water damaged foundations.

Many products are on the market claiming to save you money, and some of them will. The advantage a rain barrel has, is the fact that not only does it save you money, it truly can be a visual-appealing addition to your yard. These rain barrels are very enviro-wise, they also have a very modern look which results in a very stylish piece of garden dcor for your backyard or home landscape. Various colors and textures are available, making them adapt easily to your dcor style. Take the positive step towards environmental stability and make a rain barrel a part of your home! The rain barrels will save you money, in a stylish fashion.

Author: Shawn Mcculloch

Shawn McCulloch has been a contributing writer to gardensupermart.com for 3 years. He is a water gardening enthusiast who enjoys wildlife, sports, and travel.

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Your Questions About Rain Barrels Answered

Conserving water is uncomplicated and infinitely sustainable with a rain barrel. It takes nothing but a barrel, a hose, and a spigot.

Use Rain Barrells to Save Your Rainwater

This is a good argument for installing a rain barrel or two at the outflows of your home’s rain gutter system, and using the water you capture for plant watering. It saves scarce water resources, too.

Gardening Seattle Style

We installed our rain barrel a couple years ago but never added an overflow. I had grand dreams, at the time, that we’d eventually add a couple more barrels and collect all the water we needed for summer watering. Someday we’ll do this.

Making Our Own Rain Barrel Soon

We picked up these 55 gallon food grade barrels. We will turn these into Rain Barrels. Simple and an easy way to get the most out of our infrequent rains.

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Buy Rain Barrel

May 1st, 2009

 

Rain Barrel SalesBuy a rain barrel. Not only will it help the environment, but it will also help your wallet. This artilcle discusses some of the reasons why you should want to buy a rain barrel.

There is an immediate need for water conservation because the world’s available supply of fresh water is shrinking; one way to help conserve water is with the installation of a rain barrel.

Right now there are 600 million people in the world who are living with water-scarcity problems. According to Population Action International, by the year 2025 there will be between 2.7 billion and 3.2 billion people who are living in water-scarce or water-stressed conditions. The two main contributors to the water problem are global warming, which turns fertile land into arid deserts, and man-made creations, which alter ground- water run-off patterns.

Each North American consumes an average of 350 liters of water inside the home each day. There are parts of the world that do not have any fresh water yet much of our valuable drinking water is wasted in our yard. We have to remember, however, that treated water does not provide any added benefit for plants. City watering restrictions are usually put into place for these warmer months. Even with restrictions that cities put on water during this time, water usage often increases up to 50% in the warm weather, due to lawn and garden watering.

One of the easiest things you can do to save water while still watering your plants, is to install a rain barrel. A rain barrel hooks up to the downspout of your home to collect and store rain water until it is needed for your lawn and garden. Rain barrels help the environment, help to water your plants, and help to accentuate your backyard decor. For example, Algreen’s rain barrels are very elegantly designed, with smooth clay-like contours, and an elegant planter on its top. Algreen’s rain barrels are made in Canada and are designed to withstand a Canadian winter. They include a lifetime warranty on the enclosure, and the Cascata rain barrel now comes in a Deluxe Model which includes a pump-driven watering system.

Author: Gerry Fung

For more information about Algreen’s line of rain barrels and composters, go to GardenSuperMart.com

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5 Great Rain Barrel Designs

Rain barrels are actually great DIY projects where you can make your own for less than $15. You can also buy some pretty snazzy models.

Buy Rain Barrels and More

So, I have been thinking that it would be good for all of us to work on making our house a bit more green. I would like to buy rain barrels and more. I was thinking that I would start with a rain barrel and maybe a compost bin.

Mother’s Day Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas – Gifts To Help Mom Go Green

What would your mom (or wife) want with a barrel of rain water? There’sa lot of uses for collected rain water that are good for the environment and her water bill.

Watering Plants – Buy a Rain Barrel

One way to ensure that your plants are getting the moisture they need without breaking the bank is to install a rain barrel. Rain barrels harvest free water that’s relatively pure and great for watering garden plants.

Thrifty Green Gardening

Buy a rain barrel – just an inch of rain from part of our roof runoff filled our 55-gallon barrel last week. We’ll use that to water the garden and our freshly planted trees until it runs out (or rains again).

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