Comments On - Conserve Water with Rain Barrels

I have two rain barrels, one is conventionally set up and i use it for container plants the other is connected to my sump pump and has many hoses attached at different levels to water my flower beds. I plan on making another one in the spring for my plants on the hot side of my home.They are wonderful. Free water is great
Laura, Keyport, NJ
Posted: 12/12/2014 7:30:41 PM
Rain barrels are truly great to have.
Sarah, Marathon, ON
Posted: 4/7/2014 11:11:52 AM
They have interesting ones in the outback of Australia to catch all the run off from the buildings and are huge! Us that as all the house water I believe!
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 12/1/2013 10:40:40 AM
Rain barrels would be a lifesaver during our drought. When we get our occasional downpours, saving that precious water would be so helpful. But sadly, Colorado doesn't allow rainwater collecting. :(
Lori, Pueblo, CO
Posted: 5/14/2013 5:58:34 AM
Okay, first I need some rain.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 4/3/2013 11:02:18 PM
You can often find plastic 55 gal. barrels on craig's list for a reasonable price. Just make sure they contained food grade materials.
Cheri, Festus, MO
Posted: 12/10/2012 4:24:12 PM
Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 11/19/2012 7:48:55 AM
I hear that buying rain barrels instead of making your own is expensive.
Harrison, Dayton, TN
Posted: 7/28/2012 7:00:31 AM
Up here in northern NV, we rely on mostly snow melt as we don't get much rain up here, but I will be implementing water collection for the garden.
Chuck, Reno, NV
Posted: 12/24/2011 2:33:48 AM
If your roof has asphalt shingles, your rain barrel water is NOT safe for vegetables or animals or drinking. The asphalt contains chemicals from the residue/by-product from garbage burners. You can use the water for your lawn or perennials. I was so surprised when I took a class about rain barrels and learned this.
Liz, Saint Paul, MN
Posted: 9/28/2011 2:51:45 PM
Right now I have 2 barrels in different spots around the house. I'm getting ready to do a third barrel on the other side before fall.
Chris, Kannapolis, NC
Posted: 7/26/2011 5:13:36 AM
Can't wait until I get my rain barrel started! Thanks for the info.
Molly, Bay City, MI
Posted: 7/1/2011 10:09:59 AM
Very informative! I am researching rain barrels now and the article was very helpful in my planning. Thanks!
Molly, Bay City, MI
Posted: 6/17/2011 10:57:51 AM
I have a 1200 gallon horse tank that I use for watering my raised garden beds. I am in the process of integrating water catch barrels into the tank to be able to harvest rain water. The potential from one inch of rain is over 700 gallons from the roof area. My rain barrels will be self draining by gravity into the bigger tank. Each corner of the house with have the potential of 180 gallons so I may have to gang water barrels together to harvest is all.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 4/25/2011 6:00:44 AM
Good to know. Thanks
Missy, Hollidaysburg, PA
Posted: 3/11/2011 4:16:26 AM
That is soo cool!
Tracy, Bonham, TX
Posted: 3/10/2011 8:58:48 AM
Love the article, just wish more people would think out of the box... water from the sky! Everything needs it. I have a 2,800 gallon tank from my barn roof for my two horses. I hope to attach an overflow system sending it 3.5 acer's down hill to the garden as well.
Amber, Fairview, NC
Posted: 3/10/2011 6:43:38 AM
I have got to get this project going! Just a matter of finding the materials and getting it done. Here in Georgia, it gets mighty hot and DRY! :)
Jada, Grayson, GA
Posted: 3/1/2011 8:27:24 AM
rainbarrels are wonderful. I learned how to make one thru our local extention office last spring. I is great. I plan on making a few more. The tuff part is to find the barrel to make them.
Tammy, Lawrence, KS
Posted: 2/27/2011 12:21:46 PM
great information
kristin, upper sandusky, OH
Posted: 12/9/2010 4:47:21 PM
We live in Washington State, the city of Bellingham, and they will let you have only two rain barrels only. Which here is the winter I don't save water but come the end of June, I usually have one set up and it is nice to have, I also put a 1/2 cup of bleach in mine to keep any water critters dead.
I have read so you should check each city to see what they say some states don't want you to use them and they are illegal to keep.
Amy, Bellingham, WA
Posted: 11/27/2010 1:06:23 PM
I did not know you could attach drip irrigation to a rain barrel. Now, I think I will get some.
Bill, Newburgh, IN
Posted: 11/11/2010 12:39:18 PM
What's this news about Rain Barrels being illegal in Washington and a few other states? Something about stealing resources? Anyone else hear anything else about this? We use a rainbarrel here in Idaho and I pity the lawmaker who proposes an illegal status to my beloved rain catcher.
Sara, Boise, ID
Posted: 8/5/2010 8:10:02 PM
Nice barrel.
g, d, AS
Posted: 7/22/2010 11:54:29 PM
I used rain barrels when I lived in a place with rain. Now I live in a desert and there's simply no point.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 7/19/2010 11:30:15 PM
we've been using rain barrels for about 9 years, here in Oklahoma, we go through some very dry spells, by using the rain barrels, of course we have t fill them with tap water, we still save water by fill them once a week and letting them drain through a drip hose system, we also use them in the garden
robert, lebanon, OK
Posted: 6/12/2010 12:07:57 PM

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