From saving money to keeping communities healthier, rain barrels offer a wide range of benefits. A rain barrel is a container that catches rainwater that runs off the roof and stores it for later use. A standard barrel holds between 50 to 80 gallons of water, and homeowners can choose the size barrel they need based on the season or the amount of rainfall their area receives. By reusing the stored water from rain barrels, gallons of water are conserved.
Many homeowners use rain barrels to save money on their water bill. Rain barrels can save 1,300 gallons of water during seasons when growing is prevalent, and according to The Southwest Florida Water Management District, half an inch of rain can fill an average 50 to 55 gallon rain barrel. This water can be later used during droughts or in between rainfalls. This decreases water bills and lowers the need for more tax dollars to fund sewer expansion.
Rain barrels can be elevated on cinder blocks or some type of stand to make water retrieval easier. However, it is essential to make sure the surface is stable – full rain barrels can weigh over 300 pounds!
The water stored in the rain barrel is healthier than water from the tap because it is free from additives like lime, chlorine and calcium. However, while rain barrel water is a great option for the garden, it is not safe for human consumption.
A rain barrel is a great option for anyone looking to save money while helping the environment. For more information, consult with a landscape management service, such as The Grounds Guys®.