The DIY rain barrel
To what extent, a good gardener can reduce the over consummation of tank water to do gardening stuff? As we all know, we spend significant amount of money for our water consummation. By using water barrel, we can save huge amount of money in a season. Thanks to water barrels, we can collect 300 gallons of water that flows from our roof. The water can be used for cleaning your house, for your house plants and your garden.
Beside this facts, rain barrel can be useful to reduce pollution by reducing storm water runoff. Each rain that falls in to the ground creates puddle of water. This type of water will then integrate with any kind of pollutant sediment that comes from our own consummation like garbage wastes, gasoline wastes and other type of pollutant sediments that can provoke illness to human and other living vegetations. Rain barrel’s role is to contain/conserve rain waters not to flow in the ground and make our environment cleaner.
To create a rain barrel, you don’t have to go to shops or buy expensive stuff, here below are some tips about how to create a cheap but useful water barrel:
- Gather the materials needed:
- 1 large plastic garbage can (the larger it is, the more water you can collect)
- 1 tube of watertight sealant or roll of Teflon tape for plumbing
- 2 rubber washers
- 2 metal washers
- 1 hose clamp
- 1 spigot
- A drill
- Landscaping fabric
2. Drill a hole in the barrel to fill in the spigot. Don’t make the hole too low because you don’t want the water pouring out that contains some water dirt from the bottom of the barrel.
3. Put a metal washer onto the threaded end of the spigot. Finally, to avoid water leakage put a snugly fitting rubber washer over the threads.
4. Seal it up by using waterproof sealant over the rubber washer, wait until it dries and put the spigot with the metal washer and the rubber washer into the whole.
5. Make an entry and exit holes for the water. Use a cutter to make a small whole around the the lid of the barrel. If possible, make two holes on the top of the barrel (under the lid) to allow water to overflow.
6. Put an anti landscape fabric between the top of the barrel and the lid to prevent mosquitoes and other pests from entering the barrel.
7. Place the rain barrel near the downspout to make the water fall easier into the barrel.
8. Job is done
To conclure, a rain barrel can be used for the plants during the dry season. Rain barrels can also be arranged to slowly release the collected rain fall to areas that can soak up the water, reducing stormwater runoff and increasing groundwater recharge.
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