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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.

 

More On Rainwater Irrigation

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.

Rain Barrels

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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Wood Rain Barrel Nostalgia

November 2nd, 2009

 

One of the many unique ways to do your part in conserving water and saving money in your household is by placing a wood rainwater barrel in your yard or garden. You’ll be amazed at how much water you can collect in a very short time. Rainwater and even melting snow and sleet are excellent for house plants, and even some chores around the garage or washing the car.

Here are some nice wood rain water barrels that are popular with many homeowners right now:

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And you don’t have to always use an old wood whiskey barrel for catching water, there are plenty of other uses if you have extra barrels.

If you have a patio or porch at the entrance of your home, use the barrel to hold umbrella’s.

Place it near or in your garden to hold garden tools, such as hoes, rakes and shovels.

If none of the above appeals to you can always use it as a planter. It would be perfect for holding a decorative clump of pampas grass. A citrus tree, or even a miniature banana tree would be suitable also.

To go one step further it may be possible to cut the wooden barrel in half. Then you will have two matching planters to place on either side of your front door. You may have to add a false bottom so the potted plants will sit in the same position.

Another possibility would be to use the barrel as a table base to create a garden work space. A table to place near your garden path, beside a garden bench, will create a rustic look. It would be great in the garden with a group of flowering and blooming geraniums.

Use a large piece of plexiglass on the top so the barrel is still visible. Wood glue or hot glue should be sufficient to secure the table top.

The barrel could also be used in your work shop to hold odd size pieces of lumber or even long handled tools.

Obviously this type of barrel can be used in many areas of your home and the ideas are limited only by one’s imagination. Any of the above ideas should work for you.

Don’t be afraid to try these ideas for your barrels. You never know what will become the next fad in your neighborhood.

 

Today’s Faux Wood Rain Collection Barrels

 

More On Wooden Rain Collection Systems

Selecting Best Rainwater Gutter System

Wood is another material used for rain guttering, most often in restoration projects. Type of rainwater gutters. Rain gutter systems are mainly categorized in two categories which are sectional and seamless.

Simple Rainwater Harvesting at Home

A water butt is a rainwater collection unit that attaches to a downpipe. As rainwater runs off the roof, it is collected and stored for later use. Water butts, usually made of plastic or wood, are simple to install.

Rainwater Harvesting Blog: Barrel Coverings

Lay the pickets in a row (separated by an 1/4 inch) and attach the flashing. You can then attach the two ends and slip the covering over the barrel. Wooden coverings for the overflow and top can also be made from pickets.

 

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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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Rain Barrel How To

October 12th, 2009

 

How To Build Your Own Rainwater Barrel And Save Money!

When the summer months hit, an average homeowner might use over a thousand gallons of water just on his lawn and garden. Using all of this water is expensive and wasteful. A rain barrel harnesses the water that runs off the roof in a storm, saving money and the environment. While it is certainly possible to purchase a rain barrel or a rain barrel kit, building a rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive. This article will give you the rain barrel how to information you need to start building a rain barrel with just a few inexpensive materials.

First, gather the parts necessary to make a rain water barrel: one 55 gallon food quality drum, screening, pvc pipe, a spigot, plumber’s tape, and waterproof sealant. If the drum is a used one, be sure to clean it out before using.

Drill a hole in the top of the drum big enough to insert the pipe. Also drill a hole approximately 3/4" near the top for overflow.

Insert the piping into the top hole to check fit, then remove it and wrap with the plumbers tape to prevent leakage. Cover the top of the pipe with screen to keep out debris and mosquitoes.

Near the base of the barrel, drill another hole to accommodate the spigot. Wrap spigot in plumbers tape, secure and seal. A hose may be attached to the spigot so that the water can be directed straight to the garden, if desired.

Finally, use a saw to remove the drain pipe and replace with pvc pipe so that the water drains directly into the barrel. Place the barrel on a level surface, preferably raised to allow better flow of water out of the drum.

The amount of water that can come off a roof during a storm is considerable. That is why when planning the rainwater barrel and how to build it, overflow must be considered. One solution is to construct a second rain collection barrel to be connected to the first. All it requires is some extra pvc pipe to go from one overflow to the next. Add a second overflow hole to the second barrel.

In an area with a lot of rainfall, consider using these rain barrel how to tips to set up a system of up to four barrels. By building rain barrels, a homeowner can see a significant savings on the water bill each summer.

 

Make Your Own Rain Water Barrels

 

 

Rainbarrel Systems Discussions

Kentucky Preppers Network: How to Build A Rain Barrel System

If you already garden or plan to garden you should also be planning to put in a rain barrel system. Rain barrels catch the rain water and gives you free water to water your garden.

Tips on How to Harvest Rainwater

Pay close attention to how your rain gutters are set up. If you have more than one downspout, you may want to position a rain barrel under each downspout to harvest as much rainwater as possible.

Rain Barrel Workshop

Learn how to make a rain barrel out of a plastic food-grade 55 gallon barrel, how to catch rain from your rooftop via your rain gutter downspouts, and how to direct overflow away from buildings.

Wood Rain Barrel

Most rain barrels that are available these days are plastic. This Wood Rain Barrel is much more environmentally friendly than a plastic rain barrel, as well as more attractive. It is made from FSC Certified spruce wood.

Home Made Rain Barrel System

A video showing how to create your own home made and very inexpensive rain barrel sytem.

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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.

 

Gardening Rainbarrels

 

 

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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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

 

 

More On Rain Water Barrels

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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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.

Celebrate Everyday,

Belinda Nelson

Author: Belinda Nelson

Shop for unique Lawn and Garden Decor, Water Fountains, Rainchains and Water barrels at: http://www.hiddentreasuresdirect.com

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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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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

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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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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Wooden Rain Barrels And A Focus On Green Homes

March 21st, 2009

 

Wooden rain barrels can play an integral part in any green home landscaping efforts. This article reviews other important ways to make your landscape more green.

Landscaping a home in green manner is an important part of planning and building your green home. Landscaping consumes a lot of water and maintaining your yard can produce a large amount of carbon monoxide. Green landscaping means selecting plants that reduce the amount of water used to keep them alive.

White Oak Rain BarrelsFor the lawn, plant grass that grows very slowly and requires very little water to survive. By planting this type of grass, your lawn would not need to be mowed every week, but maybe only a few times a summer, reducing the amount of exhaust from your mowing activities. Also since water bills are usually calculated by consumption, the less water the yard requires, the lower the water bill.

For the plants and bushes around the home, select hardy plants. Hardy plants are less susceptible to diseases and damaging pests, allowing you to forego or eliminate pesticides and fertilizers. The less of these chemicals that are used the better it is for the environment, reducing the amount of chemicals that run-off of plants during a rainstorm and soak into the ground. This type of run-off of pesticides and fertilizers has the potential to contaminate ground water and drinking water.

Another major consideration with green landscaping is the heat island effect. The heat island effect is heat from the home, from man-made surfaces around the home, and from the lack of appropriate landscaping. The combined heat from these sources can increase the temperature in a community noticeably. Heat islands can cause increased use of air conditioning, increased air pollution and greenhouse gas production, and lower water quality.

For your green home, this effect can make your heating and cooling systems less effective. The right types of landscaping can help prevent the heat island effect. For example, planting our hardy trees, shrubs and plants at least 24 inches away from the house can break up the heat transfer mechanism. In addition, planting deciduous trees on the west side of your green home or along driveways and walkways can be very effective for cooling the house and yard. Plan ahead, though. Trees and bushes growth over time can interfere with the effectiveness of any solar panels that are installed.

When planning your landscaping, plan to install a rain barrel as well. Why not store some of the run-off rainwater for eco-friendly, free water for watering the lawn, plants, scrubs, and trees? In addition to a rain barrel, the ground can be shaped to direct water coming from the roof and the ground during a rainstorm to collect around the plants, shrubs, and trees in the yard. This allows the earth to do your work for you. As the water from the storm drains into the ground, the last part of the ground to dry out is the part of the lawn that received the most water, reducing the amount of tap water needed.

By taking the extra time to address these issues during the design of your green home, you can achieve a beautiful, very low maintenance and environmental-friendly landscaped yard.

Author: Kimberley Ward

Kim Ward is Marketing Director for Green Earth Energy Homes at http://greenearthenergyhomes.com

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Wooden rain barrels are an easy addition to a green home and the benefits will more than pay for themselves very quickly. Why not add a wooden rain barrel to your landscape.

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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. 
rain barrel with spigot

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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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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