Rain barrels can be constructed in a number of ways, but they serve the same purpose – to collect rainwater from downspouts and rooftops and decrease the amount of storm water runoff that leaves your property. A rain barrel collects water and stores it for those times that you need it most – during dry summer months – for watering lawns and gardens. Using rain barrels can help you lower your water bill and improve your lawns, plants, flowers and trees.
Rain barrels are easy to install and provide relatively clean water for non-drinking purposes. The following are some tips when installing rain barrels:
- Install a splash pad with the rain barrel, located under the barrel’s tap and overflow spout, in order to direct roof water away from your home’s foundation walls.
- Install the rain barrel on a strong, level surface as it can weigh up to 1200 lbs when full – a patio or paving stone is ideal.
- If the rain barrel is slightly elevated, an attached hose can be used to direct water towards a garden or lawn via gravity.
- To limit mosquito-breeding, ensure that your rain barrel is mosquito/vector proof. Most manufactured rain barrels come with this feature.
- Drain your rain barrel before each storm event to allow for full capacity and before the winter to prevent cracking.