Rain Water Storage Barrel System – Eco Snippets

Rain Water Storage Barrel System


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Rain barrels collect rainfall and store it, so that it can be used later.

There are 3 main components – The roof, the barrel, and the hose. These are not always a roof, barrel, and hose, but those functions will be present in almost every system (collection, storage, and output).

A very common setup is to place barrels under gutters and fill watering cans with the water as needed. This system will use a small awning as the roof (the gardens and barrels are located a bit away from the house), a barrel for each garden bed, and a soaker hose that runs into each bed from the barrel. Here’s how we made the barrels…

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good idea aslong as they don’t blow over

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When they are full the wind should not blow them over, We have had 80 ml gusts here in Wales UK and my six barrels are still up!

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I like this makes more sense than one big one away from crops etc 🙂

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i use a sump pump plumbed to a garden hose.

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how do the barrels refill if there’s no direct run off?

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I’m just planning a system like this for water/liquid fertilizer using soaker hoses and gravity flow. I have one hooked up to the gutter overflow of the garage to water flower beds that don’t ever get rain because of building overhang–works great. My barrels have a spigot about 1 ft from the ground and an outflow connector at the bottom. I will put two of them on stands like this and I can run a hose to various beds with permanent soaker hoses for watering/fertilizing with Alaska fish fertilizer mixed into the water. This method lets me know exactly how much water I’ve distributed to each bed which is otherwise difficult to tell with soaker hoses. I fill the barrels using well water when there is no more rain runoff from rooftop gutters.

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