Rain Barrels on Sale Up to 50% Off!
60% RainReserve Daisy Chain Kit Sale Price: $54.98 Save
15% Great American Painted Rain Barrel (21 reviews) Sale Price: $118.98 Save
34% Algreen Barcelona 100 Gallon Rain Barrel (3 reviews) Sale Price: $240.98
Rain BarrelRachel - 4/21/2014 It looks exactly as pictured and arrived in 2 days. Bring on the rain! View Product
Fighting the droughtJay - 4/19/2014 Thanks to your rain barrels, I can do my part to drip irragate my key-hole garden plots and water my container plants without using our precious city ... View Product
PerfectDiane - 4/14/2014 Rain barrel is sturdy, attractive, easy to assemble, just what we were looking for, View Product
Easy to install. No access lidBrad - 4/13/2014 Easy to install. My only problem is there is no way to easily access the inside of the barrel to determine how much water is inside. The barrel ... View Product
Better than others on marketGrandma Nai-Nai - 3/28/2014 This should be a 5-star product. I rated it 4-stars because the first rain barrel I received was flawed. There was a hole in the seam surrounding the ... View Product
Basement floodingKaren - 3/19/2014 This is great, I had a pipe on the downspout to keep from flooding the stairs to the basement when it rained. This allows me to put a hose on it to ... View Product
Capturing and reusing the water offers a barrelful of benefits, including saving on utility bills, boosting the health of your lawn with chemical-free water, avoiding watering restrictions, and helping the environment. Collecting rain in barrels helps slow runoff and encourages rain to soak into the soil more efficiently, which is important to recharging groundwater supplies and protecting sensitive ecosystems. Using a rain barrel also reduces demand from community water supplies and helps avoid the consequences of overusing local water sources. How much difference could one barrel make?
Well, the answer may surprise you. You might not think you can collect enough water to make a difference. However, you will be surprised how fast rainwater adds up if you are collecting it from the roof. Just a half inch of rain falling on a 1,000-square-foot roof yields 300 gallons of water, and that's only during one rainfall. Lets' say annual rainfall in your area is 16 to 20 inches. That's 9,600 to 12,000 gallons of water in a year - way more than you probably need. However, you don't have to catch every drop of rain to reap the benefits.
Here are a couple of additional ways to look at it:
So how much can you expect to collect? It's easy to calculate your own rainfall potential. First, estimate the square footage of your roof. Divide that number by two. That's how many gallons your roof will collect during a one-inch rainfall.
As you can see, it won't take long to fill up your new rain barrel. If you want to collect as much rainwater as possible, consider connecting several barrels together at each downspout. Don't forget to raise the barrels off the ground to make the faucet easier to access, and make a plan for overflow so you won't compromise the foundation of your home or building. In most cases, gravity will pull the water through the spigot and into a hose. You also can dip a watering can into the barrel or get a pump. A soaker hose is an excellent solution to avoid wasting water. Just hook one up to your rain barrel and even overflow water won't go to waste.
Once you've got your rain barrel or barrels in place, friends, family and neighbors will be curious, and you'll inspire them to consider rainwater conservation, too, which further extends the impact of your own efforts. Any way you look at it, harvesting rainwater helps you, your community and your world.