Rain Harvesting

Why harvest water?

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.

Is it legal to harvest rainwater?

Yes, in most States. No permits or professional installers are required if you wish to use a rainbarrel.

Do I need to treat the water I harvest?

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.

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What about mosquito larvae?

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

Does it get filled with plant debris?

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.

If I don’t use the water will it become unusable?

 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.

How much rain do we need to fill a barrel?

 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.

Where should I position my rain barrel?

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. 

FAQs

  • Can I drink the water? No
  • How much do they weigh when empty? The modern barrel weighs 35lbs.
  • Why are the water barrels made of plastic? Mostly, they are made of plastic for durability but also the ability to move and clean
  • What happens if there is more rain than fits in the barrel? Our barrels have a specially designed connector to the down pipe that stops excess water overflowing from the barrel and diverts it back down the down pipe.