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Missing parts.JoAnn - 1/29/2016
From PeachtreeCity, GAThe rain barrel is great but did arrive with a broken handle on the faucet, no plumbers tape and a missing drain tube for the flower pot. The box was ... View Product
Very sturdy and looks good.Ben - 1/29/2016
From Prairieville, LAMeets a need that I had. View Product
50 Gallon Rain BarrelPam - 1/27/2016
From Green Valley, AZThis is a great product! We really noticed how much our plants have grown since using our rain water! The screen is great for keeping bugs out and ... View Product
Let it rainEric - 1/25/2016
From Sunnyvale, CaBeautiful flat back barrel. It arrived a week faster than they said. Installation was easy. Now I just need some rain. View Product
Instant successJames - 1/17/2016
From BonitaSprings, FLI set up the rain barrel Saturday morning in anticipation of the torrential, South Florida storm due that evening. On cue it arrived. When I checked ... View Product
Very neat and attractive looking rain barrelTerry - 1/15/2016
From Oceanside, CAThis is the 4th rain barrel that I purchased from Hayneedle - need I say more? They're great rain barrels - very slim so it's easy to set them up at ... View ProductShow More Great ReviewsRainwater Harvesting
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:
- A typical half-inch rainfall will easily fill a 55-gallon barrel.
- A modest-sized house with a typical two-foot overhang will collect about 408 gallons of water during a half-inch rain.
- During a one-inch rainfall, you can collect about a half-gallon of water per square foot of roof.
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.