Collecting Rainwater with Rainbarrels
Some areas of the country have plenty of water. Other areas are arid, and
water is a scarce and valuable commodity. If you live in an arid region of
the country, you may want to collect and store rainwater, In addition, gardeners
all over the country, often collect pure, clean rainwater to irrigate their
gardens. They know that water out of the tap is treated with chemicals, most
notably chlorine and fluoride. The organic gardener will have none of this.
Rainwater collection, or rainwater harvesting as some call it, is becoming
increasingly popular, as the demand for freshwater supplies increase in many
parts of the country.
Rainwater collection is easily accomplished by, capturing the rain that falls
onto your roof. The rain falls into the gutters, then it travels through
the downspout. A rainbarrel at the bottom captures runoff for future use.
What to look for in a Rainbarrel:
Almost any barrel or bucket can be used to capture rainwater. A good
rain barrel will have the following features:
It is sturdy
It is long-lasting
It has a lid that latches, to keep children and pets safe.
There should be a screen or debris filter at the top, to keep leaves and
other debris out.
Look for a drain hose at the bottom, and a shut off valve for the drain.
Expandable - can be linked to another barrel, as your need grows.