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DIY Rain Barrel Plans

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that nearly 40 percent of household water is used for lawn and garden maintenance. One way to reduce this is to build a rain barrel to collect rainwater runoff from your home. Since rainwater is soft and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride and other harmful chemicals, it’s great for your garden. To build your own rain barrel, check out these free plans:

Environmental Protection Agency

Lincoln (Nebraska) Watershed Education: Rain Barrels

Maryland Environmental Design Program

Mid-America Regional Council

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I made a water barrel for my garden: it holds water from the house to be used in the yard (we run water into containers while it heats for showers, dishwashing, etc.) I have a lid on it and a spigot..it's gravity fed and works great. If I choose, I can connect it to my downspout in the future.
Barbara, Sacramento, CA
Posted: 3/1/2014 9:05:00 PM
kathleen, Diamond City, AB
Posted: 2/27/2014 12:17:21 PM
Thanks for the tips!
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 10/2/2013 12:21:33 PM
you need both the gutters and the rain barrrel! : )
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 6/19/2013 6:59:26 PM

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