Time to Catch Some Rain With a Barrel!
April 22, 2016 • by Dave Jones Inc
Ok, we should officially be done catching snowflakes on our tongues. The cold weather stuck around way too long this year! Hearty Wisconsinites can handle the snow and ice but our reward for enduring the frozen tundra comes in the spring. There are plenty of warm weather projects to tackle, but there is one that is simple, profitable, and should not be overlooked. A rain barrel!
A rain barrel is a container that collects, (non-potable), runoff from your home’s gutter system, connecting the downspout with a diverter or fitting under a modified downspout. A spigot hose connector allows the water to be drained out the bottom. Super simple set up, and the benefits are awesome:
- The biggest benefit is the massive amount of municipally treated tap water you WON’T have to pay for. An inch of rain dumps approximately 500 gallons on the roof of a typical 2,000 square foot home. A rain barrel will save about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months.
- Use the water around your landscape – Unlike municipal or well water, harvested rain water is naturally soft and free of chlorine and minerals which are commonly found in tap water.
- Rain barrels reduce runoff – There will be less runoff entering the storm sewer, keeping pesticides, fertilizer and other chemicals out of nearby bodies of water.
- Limit the amount of water around your foundation – Collecting rain will keep it from entering your foundation, crawl space or basement.
Just remember – DO NOT DRINK harvested rainwater. It may contain pollen, pine needles, dust, insects, and other pollutants.
A rain barrel will save you money, keep your garden quenched, and help the environment.