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Easy Rain Barrel Use

Updated on May 9, 2011

An Old Fashioned Way To Conserve Water

Whether or not you are one to live the "green" lifestyle, using a rain barrel to collect water is an easy way to conserve and utilize one of natures resources that is often taken for granted. You will find great satisfaction when you go to use the water saved, and you will be surprised by the numerous ways you will use it.

Using a rain barrel is certainly not a new idea, they have been used for at least the last 2000 years. The practice is as practical today as it was way back then. You have many options from building one yourself or purchasing one. There are numerous rain barrels available on the market and they range in price and in style. You can have a rain barrel that blends in with a natural landscape, or one that is of a unique terra cotta design or with a finished wood look.

In areas of seasonal drought, a rain barrel or two used during opportune times will help keep that vegetable or flower garden flourishing. Setting up your system to redirect water from your gutters or otherwise is quite easy and virtually painless if you purchase one with all the fittings ready to go.

Besides providing an abundance of water, you will be practicing smart conservation and enjoy the process at the same time. There is a satisfaction in contributing to your own self-sufficiency. The best thing is, the water you have captured is cost free and has no added chemicals.

It doesn't take long to fill up your barrel.  Rain falling on a 1,000-square-foot roof will yield 300 gallons of water during one rainfall.  Many find they utilize their captured rain much more than they thought and choose to use a barrel at more than one location.

Things To Remember When Using A Rain Barrel

The water you have collected is not safe to drink unless you plan to filter and sanitize it, especially if it is runoff from roof tiles and lead-based gutters. There are systems to do this and they are certainly worth looking into.

If you aren't using a set-up already providing all the safety features, you will want to make sure that your rain barrel is child proof to prevent drowning, has the appropriate cover such as fine mesh to keep mosquitoes away, placed level on blocks so it won't tip over and is emptied and cleaned often to prevent bacteria. You may think something such as a large plastic trash can is suitable, but these will not safely sustain great pressure.

Easy to use rain barrels saves our environment, lowers utility bills, and can be a lovely addition to your patio.

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    • lindajot profile image

      lindajot 7 years ago from Willamette Valley - Oregon

      Thanks Zack! I enjoy good conservation with nice looks.

    • zackproser profile image

      zackproser 7 years ago from Kailua-Kona

      Nice hub and great pics!