What is a rain barrel?

A rain barrel is a water collection and storage system. Rainwater is funneled (most often from the roof) directly into a rain barrel. This is water that would otherwise be lost to runoff or diverted into storm drains and streams. The components of this collection and storage system include:

  • a barrel (usually a 55 gallon drum)
  • a vinyl hose
  • PVC couplings
  • a screen gate (to keep out insects and debris)

Systems are easily constructed with items one can find at the hardware store or, there are pre-constructed rain barrel systems available for purchase.

Why Use a Rain Barrel?

  • Conserve Water
    Supplemental watering of the lawn & landscape can make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer months — more if the household has a garden. By collecting rain water, a homeowner is saving water that would otherwise be wasted to use for supplemental watering. Additionally, the homeowner is reducing the amount of water used from his well or his water utility company. Besides supplemental watering of lawn and landscape, the water can be used for such things as washing your car, topping off a swimming pool, or filling a bird bath. 
  • Save Money
    Save money on those summer water bills by reusing the water supplied by nature for free! A rain barrel will save the average household about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. And that’s just one rain barrel — imagine if you had 2 or 3? A homeowner who has a large yard or a lot of landscaping might consider utilizing multiple rain barrels.
  • Take Advantage of Free Soft Water
    Nature supplies the homeowner with an ample supply of “soft water.” Rain water doesn’t contain the amounts of chlorine, lime, or calcium one finds in tap water. This makes it ideal for watering your lawn and landscape and for washing your car.
  • Conserve Energy
    By supplementing water usage with recycled rain water, one reduces the demand for treated tap water. Maybe an individual user wouldn’t have much of an impact, but imagine how much the demand would be reduced if many, many people used rain barrels!
  • Protect Our Waterways
    Less water going down the drain (literally) means less runnoff into our local streams and rivers. As water flows into the streams, it may collect trasn and chemicals such as insecticides and fluids leaked from automobiles — all of which finds its way into our water. Even organic debris can affect our waterways by changing the pH or disrupting the ecosystem. Less water in our storm drains means less harmful impact on our waterways. Instead of doing harm, the FREE, clean, fresh water is put to good use.

Looking for a Rain Barrel System?

You can build your own system or purchase any of the many systems that are readily available in hardware stores or online. There are even systems that are designed to become a beautiful part of your landscape. Here are just a few suppliers you can browse online:

Make Your Own Rain Barrel

If you’re more the “do-it-yourself” type, here is one of many online guides to make your own rain barrel. 

Want to Do More?

Whether you make your own or purchase a complete unit, you’ll be contributing to a cause that we care strongly about at Landscape Solutions — environmental responsibility and conservation. It’s part of our culture and we live it out every single day. We lessen our negative impact on the environment by using propane powered equipment and fleet vehicles, choosing greener products, educating our customers, and by cultivating healthy landscapes. If you are a project manager or Homeowners’ Accociation Officer, then CONTACT LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS today to see how we can take care of your landscaping and snow removal needs with compromising on the values we share. 

Using a Rain Barrel for Supplemental Watering

What is a rain barrel?

A rain barrel is a water collection and storage system. Rainwater is funneled (most often from the roof) directly into a rain barrel. This is water that would otherwise be lost to runoff or diverted into storm drains and streams. The components of this collection and storage system include:

  • a barrel (usually a 55 gallon drum)
  • a vinyl hose
  • PVC couplings
  • a screen gate (to keep out insects and debris)

Systems are easily constructed with items one can find at the hardware store or, there are pre-constructed rain barrel systems available for purchase.

Why Use a Rain Barrel?

  • Conserve Water
    Supplemental watering of the lawn & landscape can make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer months — more if the household has a garden. By collecting rain water, a homeowner is saving water that would otherwise be wasted to use for supplemental watering. Additionally, the homeowner is reducing the amount of water used from his well or his water utility company. Besides supplemental watering of lawn and landscape, the water can be used for such things as washing your car, topping off a swimming pool, or filling a bird bath. 
  • Save Money
    Save money on those summer water bills by reusing the water supplied by nature for free! A rain barrel will save the average household about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. And that’s just one rain barrel — imagine if you had 2 or 3? A homeowner who has a large yard or a lot of landscaping might consider utilizing multiple rain barrels.
  • Take Advantage of Free Soft Water
    Nature supplies the homeowner with an ample supply of “soft water.” Rain water doesn’t contain the amounts of chlorine, lime, or calcium one finds in tap water. This makes it ideal for watering your lawn and landscape and for washing your car.
  • Conserve Energy
    By supplementing water usage with recycled rain water, one reduces the demand for treated tap water. Maybe an individual user wouldn’t have much of an impact, but imagine how much the demand would be reduced if many, many people used rain barrels!
  • Protect Our Waterways
    Less water going down the drain (literally) means less runnoff into our local streams and rivers. As water flows into the streams, it may collect trasn and chemicals such as insecticides and fluids leaked from automobiles — all of which finds its way into our water. Even organic debris can affect our waterways by changing the pH or disrupting the ecosystem. Less water in our storm drains means less harmful impact on our waterways. Instead of doing harm, the FREE, clean, fresh water is put to good use.

Looking for a Rain Barrel System?

You can build your own system or purchase any of the many systems that are readily available in hardware stores or online. There are even systems that are designed to become a beautiful part of your landscape. Here are just a few suppliers you can browse online:

Make Your Own Rain Barrel

If you’re more the “do-it-yourself” type, here is one of many online guides to make your own rain barrel. 

Want to Do More?

Whether you make your own or purchase a complete unit, you’ll be contributing to a cause that we care strongly about at Landscape Solutions — environmental responsibility and conservation. It’s part of our culture and we live it out every single day. We lessen our negative impact on the environment by using propane powered equipment and fleet vehicles, choosing greener products, educating our customers, and by cultivating healthy landscapes. If you are a project manager or Homeowners’ Accociation Officer, then CONTACT LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS today to see how we can take care of your landscaping and snow removal needs with compromising on the values we share. 

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