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so far, no leaksDavid - 8/20/2015
From Auburn, GAPurchased this unit as an upgrade after returning a different vendor's unit that leaked from the start...This one seems to work fine...filled it with ... View Product
cool!Cheryl - 8/18/2015
From Cambria, CAIt hasn't rained yet, but I'll be very happy to fill up this great rain catcher! Love the planter for flowers on top! So cute snd practical! View Product
Great purchaseJames - 8/14/2015
From OMAHA, NEThis barrel was excatly what I ordered and qualified for a California water rebate of 75 dollars. View Product
Rain BarrellJan - 8/12/2015
From Clarkston, WAI purchased 2 of these.. they came on different days.. the first one when I opened it the spiget was loose in the bottom of the barrel and athe ... View Product
goodLinda - 8/5/2015
From Reno, NVI am excited to use my composter, no more stinky buckets by my back door or wasting good compost makings in the trash. View Product
giant rain barrel but without the spigotElizabeth - 8/3/2015
From OMAHA, NEI had to order a spigot for this rain barrel, although the company says it's supposed to come with a spigot. Otherwise, it looks good. 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.