Many areas of the country are experiencing drought conditions, especially during the summer months. Citizens are often told to cut back on their water usage, or even face water use restrictions. One easy way to cut down on water usage is to use a rain barrel. What is a rain barrel? It is a device that is used to collect and store rainwater.
Rain barrels are typically placed under a downspout. This setup allows for the collection of rainwater from the roofline. You can expect to collect half a gallon of water per square foot of roofline during a 1″ rain storm. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, an average homeowner can expect to collect 1,300 gallons of water during peak summer months.
This water is excellent for landscaping purposes, as it contains none of the additional minerals which can be problematic for some plants. The water does not contain any chlorine or calcium. Since landscaping can account for up to 70% of a home’s water usage, using a rain barrel to offset some of the water you use from your municipality or private well can result in lowered bills.
In addition to landscaping uses, collected rainwater can be used to wash your car, clean your garden tools, moisten your compost, or even used to wash your sidewalks with. It is not a good idea to use it for drinking purposes however, as the water would first need to be purified.
A rain barrel is one of the easiest things you can use to make a positive environmental impact.
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