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Looks great!MaryAnn - 7/22/2015
From OMAHA, NEQuick delivery, good looking, easy to install and now it just has to start raining! View Product
FLAT BACK RAINBARRELMikeK. - 7/17/2015
From Birmingham, ALVERY HAPPY WITH THIS PRODUCT. SIMPLE, I MEAN SIMPLE TO ASSEMBLE AND CONNECT TO EXISTING DOWNSPOUTS. I AM PLAYING WITH THE IDEA OF PURCHASING ANOTHER. View Product
Have several of theseDale - 7/15/2015
From Columbus, OhioI have 3 (soon to be 4) of these hooked together by cutting holes in sides of the adjacent barrels using the overflow ports as templates. So when ... View Product
Awesome ProductTonyA - 7/7/2015
From Sandia Park, NMThis has been Awesome. Works Great, easy use, Awesome looking as Well View Product
A durable, good looking product.Dane - 7/5/2015
From Diberville, MSA fantastic product. My barrels collect all the water I need without running out AND I save on watering my gardens and yard in times of drought. View Product
Great barrel bad hole placementWilliam - 6/29/2015
From OMAHA, NEThe barrel and parts are fine but forget putting the spout in the lower hole. You have to put a nut on the spout from the inside and unless you are a ... 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.