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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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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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