Rain Barrels – Helping Out Mother Nature

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Now this is another option for your Spring and Summer garden watering needs. Instead of turning on that garden hose why not use up what Mother Nature has already given us with her helpful sprinkles. I am not a hose watering type of gal, I don’t believe in wasting water, why not use what has been offered and think of our future drinking water needs. I will have a brown lawn and possibly unhappy looking flowers before I will take away the water supply that some day I know we are going to need. No opposite or even numbers for me. If it doesn’t fall from the sky or come out of my yard vegetable water bucket I am not using.

Collecting rainwater for use during dry months in rain barrels or other depositories is an ancient and traditional practice. Historical records show that rainwater was collected in simple clay containers as far back as 2,000 years ago in Thailand, and throughout other areas of the world after that. With the rising price of municipal water and drought restrictions now facing much of the United States and Canada during the summer months, more and more homeowners in our own modern society are turning to the harvesting of rainwater to save money and protect this precious natural resource.

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. Usually a rain barrel is composed of a 55 gallon drum, a vinyl hose, PVC couplings, a screen grate to keep debris and insects out, and other off-the-shelf items, a rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under any residential gutter down spout.

Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need it most — during periods of drought — to water plants, wash your car, or to top a swimming pool. It provides an ample supply of free “soft water” to homeowners, containing no chlorine, lime or calcium making it ideal for gardens, flower pots, and car and window washing.

Ready-made rain barrels can be purchased from a number of companies, including hardware stores and garden supply stores. In addition, local governments sometimes offer them for a reduced price as part of their environmental education programs.

A rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy (decreased demand for treated tap water). Diverting water from storm drains also decreases the impact of runoff to streams. Therefore, a rain barrel is an easy way for you to have a consistent supply of clean, fresh water for outdoor use, FREE.

Rain Barrel’s from Home Depot

Rain Barrel - 50 Gallon Rain Barrel – 50 Gallon

Suncast Rain Barrel. Ideal for catching and storing 100% pure rain water. Durable resin construction . Includes drain hose for water usage and shut-off valve for hose hook-up. Overflow hose doubles as connector hose. Debris filter for keeping leaves and yard waste out of water. Latched lid is kid and pet proof. Linkable to one additional barrel for increased capacity. 50 gallon capacity

Urn Style Rain Barrel With Planter Urn Style Rain Barrel With Planter

This attractive urn style rain barrel with planter allows you to grow a plant, while collecting warm, chlorine free rain water, which your other plants will love. The rain barrel is made from durable, u.v. resistant plastic with a European textured finish and contains recycled content. It also includes an easy screw on 3 foot hose with shut off valve, hanging clip and elbow, which makes watering and set up easy. Conserving water is not only good for the environment, it can also save you on your water bill.

Rain Barrel’s from Sears

Collapsible Rain Barrel with Rain Diverter Collapsible Rain Barrel with Rain Diverter

Collapsible Rain Barrel with Rain Diverter, Capture and store rainwater from your gutter/downspoutIncludes filter, hose spigot, overflow tube, and filler capCollapsible and UV ResistantStrong, UV resistant vinyl constructionCollapsible barrel for easy off season storageBuilt-In Filtration system allows for clean water to enter rain barrel.Dual diverter fittings allow for connection for up to 2 rain barrels.

Algreen Castilla Rain Barrel Algreen Castilla Rain Barrel

Algreen Castilla Rain Barrel, A gorgeous rain barrel. Looks like real terracotta. 50 gallon capacity (24″ x 24″ x 33″). Spigot included. Includes planter basin at top. Corrosion-proof mosquito screen. Easy to install – diverter not required. Can be linked to multiple units through optional rain barrel linking kit. 1?” overflow tubing not included. Made in Canada

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