Rain happens. Rain is free. A 60-gallon rain barrel can fill up with less than .25 inch of rainfall. Rain barrels can go a long way in offsetting your domestic water needs, including gardening, car washing, and pool topping. In turn, the burden on the local water system or your well will diminish and ultimately save you money. Collecting rain water has become as typical as recycling bottles, cans, newspapers, and composting. Link two or three barrels together and you can save up to 180 gallons of precious rain water.
The Great American 60 Gallon Rain Barrel is built to be extremely durable with a wall thickness of 3/16 in., resulting in a rigid, heavy duty rain barrel that will last virtually forever. Each UV protected polyethylene rain barrel is manufactured in the USA from a recycled shipping barrel that stands 39 inches tall by 24 inches wide and weighs 20 lbs. empty. The barrel comes complete with overflow fitting, drain plug, screw on cover, and optional threaded spigot, which can be positioned either 4 or 14 inches from ground level. This is an ideal position for use with a watering can. Attach your garden hose to the spigot and water your garden or lawn, even wash your car. We suggest raising the barrel off the ground for use with a regular garden hose as it's gravity fed. Our rain barrel arrives with simple instructions for fast and easy installation.
How to Link Barrels Together
To save even more water, you can link your first barrel to a second, using a (shorter) piece of 3/4 in. hose. Simply unscrew the upper plug (on the second barrel) and replace it with a second elbow. Attach one end of your hose to the overflow fitting (on barrel one) turning the fitting so that it is horizontal, and then attach it to the other end to the new elbow on the second barrel (which should also be turned horizontally). Attach your overflow hose to the second elbow (on barrel two) so that once that barrel has filled, you can direct excess water away from the foundation. We recommend keeping barrels close together for best results.
- To prevent ground saturation near your foundation, we recommend attaching a minimum of six feet of .75-inch hose to the overflow fitting and directing the water away from the foundation.
- To prevent insects from seeping into the barrel, a Teflon window screen can be draped over the barrel before screwing on the lid.
- If odor or insects become a problem, Clorox is an age old remedy; use approximately 1/4 cup to harmlessly disinfect the water.
- In order to avoid clogging, empty your barrel at least once a year to remove leaves and other debris that may have accumulated inside.
- Ice in barrels can cause permanent damage and is not covered by the warranty. Please be sure to winterize your barrel.
- CAUTION: Be sure to screw lid on tightly to prevent children or animals from falling into the barrel.
- The Great American Rain Barrel is intended for garden use only. Do not use barrel to store drinking water.