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Effective preservation of rain water by using Rain Barrels
by Al Zan on 10/20/08

Rain barrels are used to collect and store the rain water from your roof that is usually lost to runoff, streams or sewers. Rain barrels generally consist of a 55 gallon drum, a vinyl hose, PVC couplings and a screen grate. It simply has to be positioned underneath the gutter of your roof and it will collect the rain water while it is pouring.

Rain barrels are a good way to harvest and conserve rain water. Use of rain barrels can help in tackling the problem of water shortage and cut down the costs of water consumption. When used correctly the use of rain barrels can provide you with a barrel full of water in a good season. A rain barrel can collect the rain water pouring on the roof which can be later utilized around the house. It can be used for many purposes like watering the plants and the garden or washing your car. In a given year one can save up water enough to last one whole summer depending on the number of rain barrels that are put to use. During peak summer months, a rain barrel can collect about 1,300 gallons of rain water.

The benefits of using rain barrels not only include the cost cutting on water expenditure. It provides soft and natural water that is good for the plants. Rain water is also very good for washing cars since it contains no dissolved minerals like chlorine, calcium or lime. Rain barrels can be used at locations where it is inconvenient to have a spigot. Rain barrels can provide you with water when it is most required like in drought months. The environmental benefit of using rain barrels is undeniable as they efficiently conserve rain water which is the most easily available sources of natural water.

Care has to be taken that rain barrels should be kept covered with a secure lid so that children or pets do not fall into it. The water in the rain barrels should not be used for indoor purposes like cooking, drinking or bathing. In case any kind or spray or medicine is used on the roof, then the barrel should not be used in the first few rains. To make the spout readily reachable, the rain barrels should be kept at a height for convenience. For more hoarding ability, more than one barrel can be used. They can be joint together to be able to hold more rain water.

On a different note, even though rain barrels can be constructed at home some of the tools needed are quite specialized and expensive. It is a time consuming process and it is important to get all the parts right to make the rain barrel effective. Contrastingly, it is easier to buy ready made rain barrels as they are readily available and spares one the time and energy required to make one.

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