Rain BarrelsJuly 31, 2006
RAIN BARREL- A simple Rainwater harvesting system
Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting, storing and using rainwater for any productive purpose.
One simple way for people to start harvesting rainwater is by installing a RAIN BARREL.
A Rain barrel is a simple rainwater storage drum shown in picture below.
It is placed on a platform 18 inches high. It has a tap to enable withdrawal of water from a bucket or a hosepipe. The rain barrel comes along with a first rain separator and a filter to improve the quality of the rain water collected. The filter is a small-perforated aluminum basket with three folded (8 layers of cloth) on it.
What else can we do with the Rain Barrel?
Every Rain Barrel has a tap and an overflow outlet. The water collected in the Rain Barrel can be used to recharge open wells or bore wells. Using a hosepipe and a Zero-B type filter the tap can be connected to the bore well or sump tank.
Overflows from Rain Barrels can also be used for recharging the ground.What are the benefits of a Rain Barrel?
Rainwater harvesting through the Rain Barrel generates water for productive use which otherwise would have been wasted. It also helps mitigate urban flooding and reduces pressure on city level water supplies and groundwater extraction.
Installing RAIN BARRELS is the easiest and cheapest way to participate in the rainwater harvesting movement and make a positive difference to society.