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Rain Barrels/Water Harvesting

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Rain Barrels/Water Harvesting

My grandmother taught me the importance of catching rainwater when I was a kid in Pittsburg, Texas. Any container can be used but rain barrels have become popular.  Rain barrels are to collect rain from rooftops.  They come in several different shapes and sizes, but they all do basically the same thing—save water and decrease storm run off.  A typical rain barrel can hold 55-75 gallons of water at one time.  When connected to a watering hose, a rain barrel can hold a water supply for watering gardens and potted plants.  Rain barrels can be purchased from garden supply centers, feed stores, hardware stores or  can easily be built. 


A 50 'x 40' collection surface yields 2,000 SF .         

1" of rain on 1,000 SF yields 600 gallons of runoff . ( 623 gallons to be exact )

For a 50'x40' surface the collection from a 1" rain would be 1,200 gallons.


Rain Barrels cost anywhere from $40 to $140.    If you choose to build your own barrel, here are some websites with information  for construction of your own rain barrel.

 Portland Online     Water Shed Activities     

 There is a horrible bill before congress that would allow the government to regulate where and how to catch and save water on your own property.  It’s a horrible “big brother” idea and should be defeated.  Call, write or email your representatives and tell them to oppose S-787.

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