What is the most important factor for your Rain Catcher? When designing your new rain harvesting system, you may have several goals in mind. Of course, the basic desire is to collect rainwater from the rooftop and use to watering your plants in your bucket garden or other areas of the lawn. However, if you are trying to accomplish this within a certain budget, you may have to weigh other factors to drive your decision process.
The more common materials include; hard yard plastic, stainless steel and wood from recycled whiskey barrels. Any of these materials can be used for the purpose of housing rainwater for your garden needs. All of these materials are capable of withstanding the elements and depending upon price, availability, weight and visual aesthetics, determining the best material for your rain barrel can be a challenge.
Depending on the type of product you choose, you can find many different shapes, sizes and colors for outdoor garden barrels. With so many styles and colors to choose from, the chances of finding one in hard yard plastic to match your exterior home and landscape are fairly high.
The cost of these containers can run into the hundreds of dollars but may be well worth it if you find one that matches your space. This may or may not be an issue, but it important to know that you can create the same capability with a lot less money if this is a concern. If you are not as concerned with looks or if funds are limited, it may be more suitable to look for a recycled stainless steel container or 55 gallon steel drum. Unfortunately, using a recycled steel drum may be more of a hassle than it’s worth due to the weight and previous use.
Keep in mind that the purpose of collecting and storing rain is to water your plants and vegetables, not for drinking or bathing. Rainwater coming from the rooftop is contaminated with bird droppings, mold and other foreign material that would not be suitable without extensive water treatment.
Another available option is to go to your favorite home improvement store and purchase a basic rubber like or vinyl trash can. Spending $10.00-$20.00 may still be within your budget, and suitable for your backyard garden.
If a more traditional approach is what you are looking for, a recycled whiskey barrel that has been cleaned out can serve as a nice ornamental piece as well as be a fully functional rain barrel.
In summary, your choices for designing a rainwater storage unit as part of your water harvesting strategy can be made from hard yard plastic, stainless steel, wood or even a simple vinyl trash can. No matter what design or material you put in your system, you are doing your part in helping conserve water for a better planet.