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Rain Barrel Irrigation – Get Started Easily

December 2nd, 2009

 

Here is an article I wrote a while back on how you can get started with rainwater barrel irrigation. It is really easy to do and you will find some useful tips on getting it going. 

Rain Barrel Irrigation is starting to make a lot more sense.

With so much focus and attention on the current state of the environment you can now do your part to save the earth by using rain water to water your gardens and lawn.

You can also save money on your monthly water bill and dry climates can ensure they have water year round to water their crops.

A simple 50 gallon food grade container is the best choice for a rainwater barrel. You can usually get these rather inexpensively from a drum and barrel supplier.

 


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The barrel needs to be a dark color. A clear barrel will allow in sunlight, which will cause algae to grow. You should have some kind of screen over the top of your barrel to keep out bugs, kids and pets.

Rain barrel irrigation will ensure you are using water that is not polluted with any other fertilizers or chemicals.

Strategically placed rain barrels will catch water run off from your roof.

If you have a lot of area that needs to be watered, you can place more than one barrel under different points of your roof. You can purchase rain gutter attachments that will feed the water directly into your rain water barrel.

You will be absolutely amazed at how much water you can accumulate from your roof. It is estimated for every inch of rain on a 1000 square foot roof, you will get 625 gallons of water. That is a lot of water, and just think of the money saved on the water bill.

A soaker hose can easily be attached to your barrel. Rain barrel irrigation supplies also include a pump that can actually run a sprinkler if needed.

You can also find a variety of different barrels that are very classy and will fit in with any landscaping.

Rain water irrigation systems are very inexpensive to set up, and do not require a lot of time and energy to use.

These systems used to be common place back in the old days. It is time to start saving the rainwater again and saving our planet using rain barrel irrigation.

 

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The Green Building Sector Is Ripe for Water-Saving Innovation

Moreover, rainwater harvesting is relatively simple to execute, especially for irrigation and cooling tower applications.

Harvesting Rain Water for Irrigation, Washing/Flushing, Or Cooking

Harvesting rainwater is a time honored tradition. Millions of people all over the world throughout the ages used rain barrels and cisterns to collect roof.

Rainwater Harvesting

The rain barrel system shown below is less complicated and usually just used for gardening or drip irrigation. In order to get water pressure from these rain barrels, they must be higher than the hose.

Gardening Dictionary

Drip Irrigation – a method of irrigation by which plants are kept hydrated by perforated pipes above or just under the soil. These techniques have been developed to keep plants hydrated with the least amount of water possible. Rainwater Storage – there are many types of rainwater storage systems that allow you to store rainwater for later use in the garden. These range from the old-fashioned rain barrel to many sophisticated storage facilities.

Water Tanks Pumps and Irrigation

I’m simply referring to a rainwater tank (aka rain barrel), which is simply a large container that collects the water from your roof when it rains; allowing you to re-use that water at other times.

Weekend Projects to Save Water

Drip irrigation, water saving, water conservation, back yard, water, DIY. A really easy project is to collect rainwater using a rainwater barrel. Anyone with a rain gutter can collect rain water from their roof.

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My second option was to connect the overflow from my rain barrels to some irrigation pipe and then direct this rainwater to certain areas of my garden to soak into the soil and then slowly be used by my plants.

 

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Home Rain Barrel

October 19th, 2009

 

Home Rain Water Barrels 

Home Rain Barrel technology is relatively simple and conservation of water can help in lowering your water bill. The process involves a little more than just putting out a barrell to catch rain.

Here are some terrific rain barrels that can get you started:

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What you are looking to do is catch the flow of water from your house’s gutters before it goes into your underground pipes and into the local sewers. Your collection of water can be considerable. Although appliances that can be placed under the downspout of your gutters are sold with all kinds of extras like attached hoses, you can make one for yourself with a little less cost if you want.

Home rain barrels purchased with an attached hose make watering your garden or yard as simple as turning on the hose. What you save is the cost of using rain water instead of city water.

As far as conservation is concerned, you are recycling the rain water by hosing it onto your yard and letting your plants clean it of toxins it might have picked up on its way down from the clouds. A simple act like collecting water from your roof can put you on the list of ecological professionals.

Of course, a rainwater collection system can be a little expensive if you purchase a home rainwater barrel with an attached hose. You might pay as much as 300 dollars. You can start out cheaply until you decide if it is worth spending money on a downspout water collector by putting a large plastic tub under one of your downspout’s.

You won’t be hurting your downspout’s by removing the pipe going underground. It can be put back if you decide you don’t want to pursue rainwater harvesting later. Once you have an exposed down spout, make sure your home rainwater collection barrell is directly underneath. When it rains, you will have a lot of water that you can use with a simple garden watering can to water your plants.

Collecting water using a rain collection system is a practical way to save on your water bill and to help conserve our planet’s resources. Buying a home rain barrel is more convenient than the bucket and can approach, but you have the option of trying both and either way, you would be showing an interest in our planet’s future.

Rain Barrells And Gardens

Other Rainwater Collecting News

Saving Money and Water with Rain Barrels

Saving money and saving the environment with the use of rain barrels to use less treated water and spend less on water and sewer use charges.

After the Rain Tour: The Impact of Rain and New Stormwater Solutions

For our last stop we were back to Awbury Arboretum, where we modeled our lovely rain barrel and discussed various benefits and glitches you could encounter with your very own rain barrel. The tour was a smashing success.

Rain In The Benefits

A great way to do this is to install a rain barrel or rain tank at your home. Rain barrels and rain tanks are an extremely effective way in which you can easily harvest and store your own pure rainwater to use later for lawn and garden.

Rain Barrels Make A ‘Green’ Comeback

The home systems can be fairly simple — roof gutters to drainpipes, drainpipes to one or more 75-gallon barrels, a hose attachment from the barrels to your garden. Such barrels fill with just an eighth of an inch of rain.

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Garden Rain Barrel

October 5th, 2009

 

Saving Water & Money With A Garden Rain Water Barrel

Imagine if money literally fell from the sky? Would you stop to pick it up, or let it just blow away? Of course the answer is that you would collect as much money as you could find in your yard, it would be silly to let such a precious gift go to waste. Ironically, many homeowners are throwing money away each and every time it rains. Up to forty percent of a typical water bill comes from using household water in order to water outdoor landscaping. By installing a simple garden rain barrel, homeowners can turn rain water from a wasted commodity into valuable savings on their monthly water bill.

Here are some rainwater barrels that are easy to install and can get you started saving right away:


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Rain Water Conservation
A garden rain barrel is a simple solution to water conservation. It is literally a barrell which collects rainwater from the roof of your house. When it rains, the rainwater is collected in the rain gutters of the home and diverted into the rain barrel for storage. The result is clean, chemical-free water that is perfect for use in watering lawns, vegetable gardens, flowerbeds, fountains and even swimming pools. Homeowners who choose to install a rain barrel in their home are making an environmentally friendly choice. Using rain water helps reduce storm drain runoff and to conserve precious water resources.

Some people are reluctant to install a rain barrel system because they think it will be difficult to use but nothing is farther from the truth. Many hardware chains stock rain barrells that set up in a matter of minutes. The end of the home’s rain gutter directs rain water into the barrel which is leak, freeze and mosquito proof. A spigot at the bottom of the barrel is designed to attach a hose so that when the homeowner wants to use the collected rainwater all they have to do is turn the knob and water just like they would from the spigot attached to the house. Because they use gravity to move water, some homeowners find that elevating their rain barrel on a small platform helps to increase water pressure.

The EPA estimates that a typical homeowner utilizing a rain barrel collection set-up will save around thirteen hundred gallons of water over the course of a typical summer. Of course, the efficacy of a garden rain barrel system depends on the average rain fall of your particular area. Check with your local water authority for more information on rain barrels in your area. Some municipalities will even provide free workshops about gardening rain barrels if you ask for them.

 

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Rainwater Barrels For The Garden

Rain Barrels – Save Money and Natural Resources with a Rain Barrel

It is unchlorinated and naturally soft, with no minerals, so using it on the garden or lawn is a great choice. If you try to make your own rain barrel take care to use a container that hasn’t been used to house chemicals or petroleum.

High Volume Rain Barrel

My wife and I purchased an esthetically pleasing rain barrel for the front yard. After experiencing the benefits there I began looking to build my own system for the backyard for the garden, the landscape, and for play.

Trap The Rain Water

Put a rain barrel underneath your eavestrough and capture the water for your outdoor and indoor plants. I also use my rain barrel for cleaning off dirty shoes, garden tools, or even my hands.

Watering Your Garden

They also help irrigate crops and trees, turf grasses, lawns, plants and flowers in gardens, containers and nurseries. Rain Barrels. If you want to go less high tech, having a rain barrel or even two can help you immensely.

Building Your Own Rain Barrel To Water Lawns, Help Gardens

Make your garden greener by adding a rain barrel. Here’s a step by step guide (with photos!) to help you recycle your rainwater.

 

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Rain Barrel Diverter

September 25th, 2009

 

Rain Barrel Diverter: Use And Installation

With 60 percent of our water consumption going to residential irrigation, and with the problem of runoff reducing ground saturation along with the fact that it can contribute to polluting existing water sources, we really should consider using rain barrels. By diverting your runoff to a barrel you will be helping to protect the environment and aiding in the prevention of future water shortages.

Here are some of the best choices when it comes to a Rain Barrel Diverter:


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The fact of the matter is that it will rain sometime and rain is a free resource. With the rainwater from a rain barrel you can wash your car, soak your garden or even top off your pool. With three rain barrels that are linked together you can save up to 240 gallons of rainwater and it is possible to fill one with only a 1/4" of rainfall. You should be able to look around and find some that are made of recycled material and save even more of our precious resources.

Your barrel should be between 40 and 80 gallons and made out of a material such as plastic for easy cleaning that will last forever. The lid should screw on, act as a tray and have several small holes in it, as this will stop debris from entering your barrel. You do not want to have a breeding ground for mosquitoes so don’t consider the ones with larger holes and screens as it will just create more work and is less sanitary. Your barrel should have a spigot to hook your hose to and a rain barrel diverter giving you the ability to control where the rainwater goes.

The rain barrel diverter should be placed below your gutter, in front of your downspout and above the barrel to allow for overflow to run out the waste channel to prevent pooling of rain around your barrel should it be full when it rains and is very important to have on your rain collection system. You will find as many diverters as you will find rain collection systems, such as automatic and collapsible, and are certain to find the system to fit your style as they are made in many shapes and colors as to accent your home and be a decorative addition to your flower bed. You can make your own diverter and can find many how to suggestions online if you are wanting to save a few dollars on your system.

 

Rain Barrel Gutter Downspout Diverter

 

 

Rain Overflow Diverters

Gardening The Enviorenment Friendly Way: Rain Barrel Diverter

Attach a rain water diverter to your downspout. Rain barrel diverter kits are inexpensive and alleviate the problem of water pooling at the base of your container.

Collecting Water, Uses of Rain Barrel Diverter

Rain barrel diverters provide the option of saving water. The water which falls from roof tops can be collected in rain barrels. Rain water collection is the best means to save water.

Rain Barrel Diverters – Collecting Rain Water

Rain barrel diverters are one of the easiest ways you can save money around your household. Many cities are facing drought conditions or water restrictions. Because of this, water rates have been rising.

Rainwater Diverter Kit

The Saving Rain Diverter Box is a water conservation and runoff management system with several options. Divert the maximum amount of rainwater from your roof into one or more rain barrels.

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Rainwater Barrel, Catch And Store Rain Water

September 21st, 2009

I will have to say that there is much more information to be found on the benefits of a Rainwater Barrel than I ever imagined. There is information on the benefits of Rainwater Barrels, how to build them, how to care for them, where to buy a kit and on and on. All right, I’ve made my point; it just surprised me that’s all.

Hey, if you don’t believe me just take a look at all of the different styles of rainwater barrels you can find:


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Benefits of Rainwater Barrels

The benefits of a Rainwater Barrel are numerous to say the least. The first benefit that comes up, especially on a site that sells Rainwater Barrels is that you can cut down on your water bill. I had a hard time trying to figure out how that would happen. I stumbled across a green design site and low and behold, there it was. The rainwater that you collect can be used to water your yard.

Not only that, but rainwater is far better for your vegetable and flowering plants than the water we see in the cities and towns around the United States. The water that is available for our consumption in these areas is rich in chemicals, namely chlorine. You could also use the rainwater to wash your car and the pure rainwater is much better for your cars finish than chlorine.

I felt that this next item deserved a spot in the "benefits of a Rainwater Barrel" list also. By using rainwater collection you will be saving lots of community money and public utilities money. First , by cutting down on the amount of water that goes into the city sewer system during a storm, you are helping to save big money because there is less water to process and treat. Next, the decrease of water going into the runoff flow cuts down on urban erosion and man hours because there are always city workers clearing drains and gutters. Less water into the runoff system means less water to flow through the drains and gutters. This is not to mention the municipal taxes that we could all save year after year.

When you look at this information and first take it in, you may get the "sure, any thing will help" attitude as I did. I continued to do a little more research and found one fact (actually many that all contributed to one). Those tasks that I mentioned above, the garden, washing cars and windows, and lawns all attribute for approximately 40% of our water usage as a country.

I hope you found this information interesting and I hope you too will give a yes nod to the benefit of having a Rainwater Barrel.

Using A Rain Barrel

 

 

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Reduce Footprints: 20 "Green" Tips For Fall

Now would also be a good time to install a rain barrel. Rather than allow water to drain into one spot, a rain barrel would allow you to direct the water to where it’s most needed.

Statesman Report On Austin Rain Barrel Benefits

Click here for original story hosted at statesman.com Rainwater helps woman shrink water bill to about $15 a month.

Save On Your Utility Bills With A Rain Barrel

As utility bills slowly increase, many families are looking for energy efficiency measures that can help them save money, reduce energy use.

Raya Garden Shopping

Nowadays you can find some really cool rain barrels, which many garden owners use to beautify their gardens. I hope to find something like this tomorrow.

How To Install A Rain Barrel

We got a second rain barrel Saturday morning at a special discounted sale for Hennepin County residents (got our first one two years ago at a similar event). Eventually I would like to have about 8 of them.

How Do You Collect Rainwater?

Collecting rainwater can be as easy as putting a rain-barrel under a roof gutter or as complex as installing underground cisterns with a water pumping.

Rain Barrels Help Residents Use Water Wisely

“People are much more conscious of saving water,” said Irwin, who noted that 1 inch of rainwater fills the 55-gallon rain barrel. “I think the green explosion is reaching out to the other sustainable issues.

Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away

First, you need to determine what size of barrel will be sufficient. If you are planning to use the water for your plants and crops, a 65- to 85-gallon rain barrel is enough. However, for storage purposes, a 150-gallon barrel is best.

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Home Rain Barrell To Save Water And Money

September 18th, 2009

 

While going green is a big trend these days, people every where are wondering what they can do to make their home and lives more green. One thing you can do to actively make your life more green is using a rain barrell. Rain barrells have actually been used by people for years. I remember my grandparents used to have their own rain barrell, not as high tech as the ones used now, but they did have a rain collector.

Take a look at some of the styles available to you right now:


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A rain barrell is used to collect rain water off the roof of your house or shed that would normally just run off into storm drains and eventually ends up in streams. Rain barrells usually consist of a fifty-five gallon barrel, a hose, and a screen to keep out debris and insects. The rain barrell is placed under a rain gutter spout and water is collected just like that. Simple and efficient.

There are several advantages of having a rain barrell catcher. Most of them are good for summer months when gardening and lawn upkeep is important. Outside activities such as lawn and gardening generate up to forty percent of total water usage during the summer for the average household. Rain barrel’s collect water during storms and rainy days and it is ready to use when you need to water your garden, clean your dirty car, or water your flowers. Rain barrel collection provides a free nearly limitless supply of water containing no harsh chemicals perfect for gardens or washing windows.

Rain water can also be heated up and used inside the house for tasks such as doing dishes and cooking. You can use the rain barrel in the winter to collect snow to bring inside the house. You can melt the snow on the stove and use it also for doing dishes or even bathing. As the water doesn’t contain chlorine or other chemicals it is an all natural way to keep your house and yourself clean.

On average, a rain barrell can save most users a lot of water during the hottest summer months. Storing water helps you not only protect the environment but it also saves you money and energy, which otherwise would be spent getting water to you. During droughts using your rain barrell would be ideal for you and also the environment which you live. These are just some of the good reasons why you should make or purchase a rain barrel. You will not be disappointed with the results and the money you can save with using your rain barrell.

 

Why Have A Rain Collection Barrell

 

 

Other Rainbarrell News

Compost Happens: Conserving Resources: It’s As Simple As A Barrel.

One of my favorite ways to conserve a finite resource is by using a rain barrel. In fact, I liked the rain barrel so much I bought a second one in August!

City Offers Rain Barrel Rebate : Newstreamz San Marcos

According to the drought rules in San Marcos, rain water is considered an alternative water source and is exempt from drought restrictions. For more information on the rain barrel rebate program, visit http://www.sanmarcostx.gov/water

Rain Barrels – One 4 All

There are several type of rain barrels that can be use. Usually it classified according to models, functions, and materials. There are several materials that commonly used for rain barrel and tanks.

Make the Most of Fall with a Rain Barrel

Using less water though is easy as long as you start Rainwater Harvesting with a Rain Barrel. There isn’t a better time to start collecting rainwater than the fall, so make sure you have enough rainwater barrels.

Santa Barbara: EVENT! Rain Barrel Sale

EVENT! Rain Barrel Sale. FACT: One inch of rain falling on a 1000 sq ft roof harvests up to 600 gallons of rainwater for use in your landscape. 

 

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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

This article may be freely distributed as long as the author’s name and live website link appear

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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

Michael Russell Your Independent guide to Recycling

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Be sure to check out this video about making rain barrels.

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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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Rainbarrels For Conserving Water

February 23rd, 2009

 

Rainbarrels are a great way to conserve water around the home and garden and this article discusses different ways you can save water including rain harvesting.

Tips and information on saving water at home and in the garden.

As the warmer months approach, now is a good time to start thinking about how you can save water over the summer months and beyond. We often think of the water in our taps as a never ending supply, but in fact it is very important to conserve water, as only a very small amount of the earth’s water is fresh, about 3%. And when you consider that almost 70% of that is frozen, there is not much left for human consumption. The threat of global warming and the issues of lower rainfall that may bring to some areas, also means that we need to start thinking now about how we can reduce our water consumption.

There are actually many simple ways to save water around the home, reducing your dependence on mains water and therefore also saving you money. Some everyday tips include only using the water required in pans and kettles, not running the tap whilst brushing your teeth, showering rather than bathing and making sure that washing machines and dishwashers are only used when full. None of these cost anything to implement, but some additional very inexpensive water saving devices can help further. Install a Hippo in your toilet cistern to reduce the amount of water used to flush, and invest in a water butt for your garden to collect rainwater. This can then be used to water the garden or wash the car. Whilst not reducing your overall water consumption, you are lowering your dependence on mains water where drinking-quality water is not necessary. 
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More expensive options are full rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling systems. Rainwater can be used for household tasks such as toilet flushing and in washing machines, whilst greywater (water previously used in handbasins, showers and baths) can be processed to be reused in toilets and washing machines. These systems are more of an investment but can significantly reduce your dependence on mains water.

<< SIDENOTE: Rainbarrels can be very cost-effective and rather inexpensive for collecting rain water. >>

The summer months in particular can see an increase in water consumption due to the needs of a garden. As well as using rainwater as much as possible, you can reduce the amount of water needed with a few simple measures. Water plants in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation and use a watering can rather than hose or sprinkler. Don’t worry about watering your lawn as grass is very hardy and will soon recover even if it turns brown during a hot spell.

All of these water saving tips can really help to reduce your water consumption. Try to think carefully about any water you use and you will soon see a difference in your water bill.

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By Hayley Jones
Published: 5/27/2008  

 

Rainbarrels Around The Home

Also known as water butts in the UK and rainwater tanks in many parts of the United States, rain barrels are water containers wherein rain water from rooftops is collected and stored.

Protecting the Environment with a Rain Barrel

Collecting falling water in a barrel or container is not a revolutionary new idea. The concept of a rain barrel and other types of rain catchers has been in use as long as agriculture… pretty much as long as civilization.

Installing Rainbarrels, Rain Chains, And Underground Cisterns

In January’s Sunset Magazine there was a short article about installing rain chains, rain barrels and cisterns in order to collect rain water, and I was really interested in it because I was planning on doing at least 2 of them.

Rain Barrels And Gardens

Saving money and the environment often go hand-in-hand, a match made on Earth.

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Rainbarrel For Home And Garden

February 11th, 2009

 

Back To Barrels
by: News Canada 7ebbec

 home rain barrels(NC)-Reusing rainwater is not a new concept. Families have saved water in ponds, cisterns, buckets and barrels for centuries for use in watering, washing and even drinking. In fact, this practice is still common in many parts of the world.

Nevertheless, almost 40% of household H2O in Canada is used to water lawns and gardens. This is extraordinarily inefficient. It’s also unnecessary. "Using a rain barrel to catch water flowing from eaves troughs is a simple, cheap and effective way to water our lawns and gardens," Derril Linseman, Product Manager at Home Hardware is quick to point out. In fact, if your town bans watering during the dry season, a rain barrel may be the only way to get your greenery the water it needs.

Rainwater is air-temperature, oxygenated and unchlorinated – all of which make it better for plants than municipal tap water. As an added bonus, rain barrels divert rainwater from our sewers onto porous ground. This means that it gets filtered through layers of soil and rock before it ends up in ground water aquifers, lakes or streams. Without rain barrels, this water goes straight into our sewers, often causing overflows of raw sewage into the natural environment.

Setting up a rain barrel is simple. They’re available at most Home Hardware and Home Building Centre locations for anywhere from $75 for a basic model to $150 for the deluxe variety. High-end barrels come equipped with screen filters, overflow hoses and taps.

Once you’ve got your barrel, simply remove the bottom section of your eaves trough’s downspout and set the barrel underneath. Then attach plastic tubing or flexible piping to the bottom of the spout to direct water straight into your barrel. It’s really that simple. And the benefits are almost immeasurable.

 

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Rain barrel water collection is an excellent way to save rain water when we have it, and use on our gardens and lawns later. Also, rain water is so much better than faucet water for plants.

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Gotta have a rain barrel in this drought in Atlanta. What a great way to save water! 

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Do you know that you can actually harvest rainwater and save them for future use? Yes, you can actually use the rainwater for your garden with the use of rain barrels.

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Rain Water Barrels, The Water Saving Rain Barrel For The Home

February 8th, 2009

 

Rain water barrels make it so easy save water. This article tells you why they are so important.

With environmental concerns currently making headlines all over the world, water conservation is fast becoming an important concern. Whether you are presently in the midst of a drought in your area or you are currently experiencing a lot of rain, rain barrels can have a significant on your water consumption and its impact on the environment.

With water obviously being a precious commodity and an increasingly scarce resource, rain barrels allow you to harvest rainwater and thereby make more efficient use of it as an available water source. Aside from helping you significantly reduce your water consumption, the water you collect in rain barrels is also ideally suited for a number of uses. Since rainwater is generally pure and soft, it is ideal of irrigation purposes around the home.

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Collecting water in rain barrels will allow you to lessen your consumption of water from the water mains system, thereby saving you a considerable amount of money in water costs. In addition, you will be less dependent on the water supply in your area, which is a particularly important concern for people that live in places that have limited water supply. A further benefit is that you have a lot more water available to you, which can be used in anything from watering your lawn to washing your cars and windows.

Many people have used a number of commonly available materials such as cans and jars as sort of improvised rain barrels. While these will do an adequate enough job of collecting rainwater, you will get better results by buying commercially available rain barrels.

These are offered in a variety of sizes, with 55 gallon rain barrels being the most commonly available. Many of these commercially available rain barrels also include features such as spouts and faucets for connecting to other gardening implements.

To help keep the collected rainwater clean and free from contaminants, some rain barrels may also have screens built onto them.

And if you want to have even more rainwater available for use, you can look into rain barrels that are designed to hook up to other rain barrels, increasing the amount of water that you are able to collect.

It is clear that rain barrels can have a greatly beneficial impact on your water consumption…and consequently, your impact on the environment…as well as reducing the amount of money that you spend on water utility bills. Using rain barrels at home will also help educate your children on how to save water, and possibly give them a lesson in water conservation that they will carry with them for a lifetime.

Author: Albert Zan
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Rain barrel water collection is an excellent way to save rain water when we have it, and use on our gardens and lawns later.

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Purchase a rain barrel and do your part to conserve water. In return, get the personal benefit of savings on your water bill.

Save on Your Water Consumption with Rain Barrels

Do you know that you can actually harvest rainwater and save them for future use? Yes, you can actually use the rainwater for your garden with the use of rain barrels.

Waste Not Want Not: Personal Rain Water Barrels

Some savvy gardeners are turning to low-tech solutions to water their yards. Rain barrels have made a comeback in recent years.

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