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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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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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Oak Rain Barrel – Why You Need One

May 31st, 2009

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author: Stephanie Hobbs

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Rain Barrel Overview

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

3 Cheap DIY Rain Barrels That Actually Look Nice!

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

DIY Project

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

Rain Barrels!

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

Gorgeous Rain Barrel

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

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English Rain Barrel For Rainwater Harvesting

May 30th, 2009

 

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

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

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

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

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

Reuse your rainwater to safely:

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

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

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

Celebrate Everyday,

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Author: Belinda Nelson

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Installing A Rain Barrel

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

Rain Barrel Benefits

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

Rain Barrel

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

Use A Rain Barrel To Conserve Water

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

Rain Barrels Save Money

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

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

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

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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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