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Sturdy and attractiveFonda - 5/27/2015
From OMAHA,NEThis rain barrel is very sturdy and attractive at a great price. View Product
Great purchase!!Lou - 5/26/2015
From Argyle,TXThis is a great looking barrel. It also has helped us with an area where we have pooling water due to a downspout location. The barrel gathers the ... View Product
nice designDavida - 5/26/2015
From OMAHA,NEIt hasn't rained yet, so I don't know anything yet about possible leaks or performance in use, but the design seems good and product seems sturdy. ... View Product
nice design, good capacityDavida - 5/26/2015
From OMAHA,NEIt hasn't rained yet, so I don't have anything to report on actual use, but the design is good. I like that it has a nice vertical slim profile. I ... View Product
prompt deliveryPamela - 5/25/2015
From CARSON,CAExactly as described, needs to be elevated to get water from bottom portion of barrel. Was delivered earlier than expected. View Product
Rain barrels purchase from HayneedleSusan - 5/20/2015
From Orlando,FLThe product is well designed and is functioning as indented. However, the 4... 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.