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The Rain Barrels
By: Richard H.
There are several appealing aspects to the rain
barrels that makes the prospect of owning one a very
pleasing and prosperous investment. The first and
foremost that directly reflects the state of our
environment is the consistency of droughts,
especially in places hard hit such as California (in
the dry summer seasons) where the possibility of
wate r limitations and higher cost for usage could be
a reality.

When you make the decision to begin using  rain
barrels, you’ll station it at one of the downspouts of
your home or business. When the rain falls on your
roof and runs into your gutters, a downspout diverter
directs the rain through a screen and into the rain
barrel. You then have a source of natural, chemical
free water to use when caring for your plants.
Collecting water in rain barrels is certainly not a new
idea. People have collected rainwater and used it to
water gardens and irrigate crops almost since the
beginning of time. Over the course of the last few
decades, however, most people have chosen to rely
solely on their municipal water systems, without considering the cost or the ecological
impact. Storing rainwater in rain barrels lowers water bills and reduces storm water runoff.
Storm water runoff carries pesticides, grease, oil, and other toxins into our waterways and
contributes to erosion, eating away valuable land. Using a rain barrel is one conservation
measure that is being encouraged by many municipalities and environmentalists.

Whether you opt to build your own rain barrels or decide to purchase one, there are certain
things you need to keep in mind. Harvested rai n water does have its safety precautions. It is
important that your rain barrels be child safe and mosquito proof. Many of today's rain barrels
are fully screened with a lid that you can fasten securely for child safety, to keep debris out of
the water, and prevent swarms of mosquitoes from breeding. In order to prevent algae, rain
barrels should be made of a dark material that does not allow the penetration of sunlight. Be
certain that the material is non-toxic. If you’re making your own rain barrels, make sure that
you know the history of the barrel. The best rain barrels will feature a metal spout near the
bottom of the barrel so it is easy to access the collected water. Make sure you place the rain
barrels on a level surface and secure it to prevent tipping. A well-designed rain barrels will
also have an overflow system that comes into play when the barrels is full. Point the overflow
away from the foundation of the house to prevent water damage. While rainwater is certainly
drinkable, for safety reasons, it is not advised. Many cities require water drinking systems to
be filtered, tested, and certified. Water that has been collected in rain barrels is not meant for
consumption by humans or animals. The rainwater passing through the gutters of the roof
before it makes its way down into the barrel is contaminated and renders the water
unsuitable for direct consumption. However, your landscaping, gardens and houseplants
will thrive when you use this natural, untreated water to care for them.

The rain barrel is a nifty little invention that’s been in use for centuries, and only in recent
years has their relevance become more pronounced. Costly water bills, global warming and
water limitations have all made water savers more than just a gardening tool for a greener
lifestyle. The great general idea about catching rainwater is knowing that you’re getting free
water courtesy of Mother Nature. Using  rain barrels is a simple way to help conserve water
and protect our rivers and streams. Even if you purchase your rain barrels, it will soon pay for
itself by lowering your water bill. The fact that you’re taking one more step towards an eco-
friendly lifestyle is a worthwhile and cost-efficient endeavor. Remember, it’s a series of little
steps that helps us make giant strides towards protecting our planet.

About the Author: Visit
http://Composters.com, online retailer
featuring the compost bin, compost tumbler, rain barrel, lawn
sweeper, and other environmentally-friendly gardening
accessories all made from recycled materials.

Source: http://www.isnare.com

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