29 Feb '12, 12pm

Spring showers are on the way. Do you have rain barrels at your house?

Rain Barrels A rain barrel used to collect rooftop runoff using a gutter / downspout system On this page What is a rain barrel? What are the advantages of a rain barrel? Where can I buy a ready-made rain barrel? How can I make a rain barrel? What is a rain barrel? A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. Usually a rain barrel is composed of a 55 gallon drum, a vinyl hose, PVC couplings, a screen grate to keep debris and insects out, and other off-the-shelf items. A rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under any residential gutter down spout. What is a Rain Barrel? (1 pg, 459K) What are the advantages of a rain barrel? Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. A...

Full article: http://www.epa.gov/reg3esd1/garden/rainbarrel.html

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