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Rain Barrels: What Are They and What Are They Used For?

June 23, 2011

Contact Go Green Web Directory member GREAT AMERICAN RAIN BARREL for more information.

 According to the Environmental Protection Agency, lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. An average homeowner can save nearly 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months with the use of a rain barrel. Think of the savings!


A rain barrel is a system used to collect and store a free source of water (rain!) from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and be diverted to storm drains and streams.


1. Rain water saves you money on both your water AND sewer bills. (Many cities base sewer bills on water consumption.) Rain Barrels allow FREE access to clean water.

2. Rain water is lime, calcium and chlorine-free making it perfect for watering flowers, lawns or even washing windows and cars!

 3. Rain barrels help protect our environment. Rain water that travels through our streets collects oil, pet waste, fertilizers and other toxins before ending up in our rivers and streams. By collecting rain water in barrels you help protect the environment by reducing pollution in our rivers.


1. Unlike a traditional garden hose, most rain barrels do not have a pressurized system attached. Consider placing the rain barrel as close as possible to where you plan on using the water for easy access.

2. When watering a vegetable garden, be sure to water at ground level only and avoid the use of rain barrel water during harvest season. Rain water can contain contaminates from shingles and other debris from your roof and is NOT considered drinkable water. Be sure to wash vegetables throughly before eating.

Want more information on purchasing the perfect rain barrel for your home? Contact our friends and GO GREEN WEB DIRECTORY member THE GREAT AMERICAN RAIN BARREL.

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