A growing number of people are installing rain barrel systems on their properties for landscaping and gardening purposes. They are inexpensive to purchase, easy to establish and need very little maintenance (if any).
A rain collecting system typically consists of a rainwater diverter, a water collection tank, a spigot and a hose. Some decorative versions consist of extra functions like planters, while homemade versions may not include things like the diverter or hose.
The diverter attaches to the rain gutter downspout and diverts the water into the rain barrel. Diverters typically have screens to keep out debris so that it does not end up in the rain barrel. These can be bought independently or in some cases included in the rain barrel kit.
The rainwater collection tank normally holds in between 30 and 100 gallons of water. Some containers are taller and narrow while other styles are shorter and wider. When choosing which size and shape container you want, think of the area available where you want to use your system.
The spigot releases the water that has been gathered in the rain tank. Brass or other rust-free metal spigots are better than plastic variations, since they are more durable and last longer. Plastic spigots included in some rain barrel kits can usually be switched over out for more long lasting spigots or simply replaced when they wear out.
Often hoses are included with rain barrel kits. These normally run between 3 and 6 feet, so they are not very long. You can also attach your existing garden hose to the spigot if you have to reach distances further away. However, remember that the water pressure from a rain barrel is not the same as what originates from your city or well.
Overall, rain collection systems are fairly basic. Some individuals develop their own, while others choose to buy more ornamental versions.
Because these smaller sized rain barrels are easy and economical, it’s less daunting for newbies to get started. Once you have established your first rain collecting system, you can actually grow your rainwater collection capacity by installing additional barrels and connecting them together with inexpensive connector kits that run about $20.