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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.

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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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

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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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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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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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