Water is a limited resource and harvesting not only makes environmental sense it also makes you feel good. Having a rain barrel can help you do your small part in saving valuable drinking water that we typically use on our gardens or when we wash our cars.
Yes, in most States. No permits or professional installers are required if you wish to use a rainbarrel.
Untreated rainwater can be used to water all outdoor plants, including edible plants, however if wishing to water edible plants, consider not capturing the first inch of rain which main contain contaminents from the roof.
Wherever there is standing water there is the chance of mosquito larvae growing. The tanks are enclosed by integral planters. However, for peace of mind we recommend using one of the many options on the market, for example, Mosquito Dunk or Mosquito Pellets
That depends if you have a lot of leaves around your garden or on your roof that might go down the down pipe. If you feel that this can happen then we recommend putting a filter onto the down pipe of your house to catch. These are easily bought at Home Depot, Amazon or your local hardware store.
There are pollutants in the air that can affect the quality of the rain water and you can use products to clear up any algae and destroy germs including viruses, bacteria, fungus and water-borne diseases. These can be purchased from pool product suppliers. We also recommend cleaning the barrel periodically.
An average 25 ft by 40 ft home roof sheds about 600 gallons of water in an hour of moderate rainfall ( about one inch). Each downspout will divert a proportion of this water. So if you have 6 downspouts one hour of moderate rain will be sufficient to collect approximately 100 gallons. The more barrels you place under downspouts the more water you will collect. As soon as our barrels are full, the rain water is automatically diverted back to the downspout so you do not need to worry about the barrel ever overflowing.
When considering where to place a rain barrel, choose a downspout that is closest to the plants you wish to irrigate. This may mean that the rain barrel will stand in a prominent position in your yard, patio or deck. The higher you raise the water barrel or the taller it stands, the greater the water pressure will be. You also want to ensure that the water barrel is high enough off the ground so you can fit a watering can underneath the spigot.