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Using Precipitation Barrels to Endure Droughts

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By : Peter Parker    99 or more times read
You can be prepared for these limitations by preparing yourself way in advance. Most people know that restrictions will be put in place in waterless months so you should take advantage of the rainy spell to get ready. When this occurs, you should take the opportunity to set up a number of rain barrels. You may think that this is a hard task. However most people find this very easy to do and financially worthwhile as you will save money on water. Finding the barrels will in all probability be the hardest part. You can use your own rubbish cans, or head to your home improvement store to get a few 55 gallon plastic drums . These can be expensive and difficult to transport, so keep that in mind before you go to the warehouse. You will probably want to cover the top of the barrel with a screen of some sort to filter out any unwanted leaves or debris that might fall off the roof of your residence.

Once you have your barrels ready, youíre faced with the decision of where to place them. Usually all through rainfall, there is one corner or section of the house that rain tends to pour off of. If you are taking the easy approach to barrel placement, just place the barrel under all the places where you see large amounts of drips. However, while this might be the easiest way to place them, you wonít see very high volumes of rain in the barrels.

The best idea is to modify your gutters to run into your barrels. If you remove each individual section and place it at a very slight slant so that all the water is diverted to the nearest corner of the house, you can place a rain barrel at each corner. This way you use your entire residence and roof as a water catcher. You will catch hundred of litres or gallons of water this way.

After a heavy rainfall, each individual barrel probably wonít see very much rain. If it looks like it wonít be raining any time soon, itís a good idea to pour out each barrel into one main central barrel. Close this barrel up and move it to a cool location out of the way. Doing this also allows you to work with empty barrels, instead of 3 or 4 half full ones - believe me this can be tiring.

The use of water barrels might sound like an antiquated idea. However, when youíre in the midst of a drought and youíre able to spare that extra couple of gallons for your garden in addition the city allotment, youíll be grateful for every bit of time and money you spent on collecting all that rain. All it takes is a few trips out in the backyard every time it starts to sprinkle, and youíll be a very happy gardener when water isnít so abundant.

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