Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cooling Off With Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are one of those hot topics this summer. Saving water and helping your vegetables go hand in hand, but where do you buy them? One option is simply making them yourself by buying the hardware online or buy a food grade barrel from DeLallo's. A second option is to buy one from Penn Barrel, already assembled, or just go to Nine Mile Run Watershed Association. Many of these options work with diverter kits that are available online from The Garden WaterSaver. Total investment is $25.00.

In our experience, many citizens still don’t understand the benefits of rain barrels. For one, not all have of them have to be expensive. Some are aesthetically pleasing; yet can easily be portable or tucked behind a fence or stone barrier. The City loves it because during major storms less water rushes through the sewers reducing back-ups and overflows. Personally, we like it because it saves water – simply that! Whether it is a lot of water or not, we don’t care. It simply provides nourishment to my vegetables, herbs, roses, and plants. Given our public discussion, we also learned that the average roof sheds 160 gallons of rainwater per hour during a moderate rainfall. So I have a 50-gallon barrel – do the math!

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