Regardless of your region’s rainfall potential, you can still make the most of it by building or remodeling a rainwater storing unit. This can particularly come handy in the summer days when conserving water resources is highly recommended and in some states, prescribed by law.
For example, various barrels, containers and tanks can be made into effective rainwater storage units. The collected substance is suitable for gardening or even car and driveway washing, saving you money and contributing to environment protection at the same time. Here are some affordable ideas for properly storing it.
Good old garbage bin
It will only take you a few hours to put together this inexpensive solution. To start with, search for an old (but not broken) or out-of-use garbage barrel. Alternatively, you can get one in the local home depot for a modest price. For the whole project, you will need (apart from the barrel): appropriate waterproof sealant, couple of metal and rubber washers, hose clamp, landscaping material and a faucet.
Drill a hole close to the barrel bottom. Next, set up the washers on the faucet using the sealant and attach the whole piece to the hole with a hose clamp. Make the sufficient gap on the bin cover and place the fabric that should keep all the residue on top. All that’s left is to position it under a downpipe.
How bout a rain barrel?
A rain barrel like the Good Ideas RW50-OAK can hold up to 50 gallons of the water you’d collect that runs off your home’s roof. It’s a neat and inexpensive little piece (pictured below) if you’re not up for putting together one of your own, but it’s probably best to get more than one as they fill up pretty quick.
Conventional massive blue or white food grade containers are probably all too well known to you, since almost every household has it (my parents use it for pickled cabbage). They are rather sturdy and thick, so they can sustain the harsher elements for a long time. The needed accessories include a screened bucket, bulkhead fitting, adapter, and full flow hose connecter. This lovely DIY piece can be also exploited to pump from the underground wells when teamed up with a generator.
Speaking of pipe connections and versatility, we have found a fully geared up model that can perform multiple functions in your backyard. We’re talking about one of those affordable modular cartage tanks. Apart from water storing, they may be used for storing fertilizers as well. Their composition is shock resistant and guarantees decades of top notch service.
They are made in various sizes to accommodate your specific needs, and the maintenance is fairly simple. What’s particularly neat about these tanks is that you can track the liquid levels at all times. Basically, you should connect it with downspout via pipework and harvest the precious rainwater.
Rain bucket in ten minutes
You may think the title is not plausible, but we beg to differ. This tiny rainfall collecting master costs around 15 dollars to make and it’s characterized by efficiency, adaptability, and trouble-free assembly procedure. Additional elements involve the flexible downspout adapter, the overflow adapted and hose bib available in any hardware store. You can even get a bulk discount if you decide to create several pieces for your family and friends.
Instead of some type of glue, this model has a special compression fitting that is superior at preventing leakage than other units. In case the fixture wears out after a lengthy period, you can always tighten the bits or replace them. The closed system also aides in prevention of algae of bugs top film in the barrel.
Portable rainwater unit
Do you feel that your rainwater unit is just not close enough to the gardening nook you have on your property? We have come up with an answer for occasional necessity to re-position the unit for convenience when tending to different parts of your large backyard or estate.
Commence with picking the container with outward or inward handles for transport maneuver. Next, nail together some thicker wooden boards for the base (or legs, if the bin’s of smaller capacity). The hole drilling procedure is similar to our previous handiwork, with a special piece of advice: secure the bib from the inside as well. Finally, ensure the container is on leveled ground, as you wouldn’t want it to tip over.
The modern times are urging us to wisely utilize our water resources. Rain storage units offer a smart and economical way to achieve this goal.