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Love my Rainbarrel!Susan - 7/12/2014 This looks so attractive by our front door. View Product
A Perfect Rain BarrelMary G - 7/10/2014 This Rain Barrel is perfect in every way: Attractive, easy to install, good features. I especially like the planter feature; it fits the garden ... View Product
Nice rain barrelTanya - 7/4/2014 Looks like a real barrel. Nice and lightweight. Brass spigot seems like it will be durable. View Product
Nice addition to our gardenRosemary - 6/30/2014 The product arrived and it was just as described. It was easy to set up, it's fully functional (the brass spicket is a nice touch)and looks great. View Product
rainbarrelBarbara - 6/29/2014 It looks very nice and was easy to put up the only draw back was we did not get the bottom pictured to set it on so we had to make out own for it. ... View Product
Great barrellLynnie - 6/25/2014 First of all the top unscrews. I have no idea why someone cannot figure that out. Simple. You can use a hose at the bottom and a spigot higher up. ... 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.