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May 23, 2011

Rain barrels can save rain until you need it

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Although it seems that it will never stop raining, it will. And having a rain barrel to catch the rain now to use outdoors later is an old idea that is worth considering. A rain barrel is a simple way to harvest runoff water, prevent unwanted erosion, and conserve healthy natural water. By either purchasing or making a rain barrel, water runoff from a gutter system or roof will be collected for use around the yard and can even be hooked up to a homemade irrigation system to keep any garden hydrated and nutrient-rich.

The average American uses around 100 gallons of water per day and more than 50% of that water is for outdoor use. An inch of rain produces 625 gallons of water runoff from a 1,000 square-foot roof. A rain barrel holds approximately 55 gallons of water, keeping a significant portion of that runoff for yard and landscape uses. Water collected in rain barrels is also devoid of chemicals and treatments including fluoride and chlorine and is therefore better for the lawn or garden. Many green gardeners have also taken the opportunity to be creative and decorate their rain barrel using paint and flowers.

So I know it's hard to keep up your spirits in the week long rainy period, but getting a rain barrel or two and installing them will pay off when a summer drought hit. Some varieties of rain barrels are very attractive vase shapes and some are large enough to store 65 to 75 gallons.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at May 23, 2011 10:22 AM
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