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September 20, 2020
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Getting The Most Out Of Water Barrels

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It has been said in a poem that there is no such thing as bad weather and that the sun and the rain are the same as they both are from the glory of nature. Some might really disagree with that assessment. And then there are those that make use of those rainy days by catching the rainwater in water barrels. Yes, rain water barrels can prove to be a great help because they allow you to effectively irrigate your land and/or garden when water is on short supply.

In some regions, it is not uncommon for the summer or other months to bring with them droughts. This limits you to using either rain water barrels or your old fashioned garden hose. Then again, the garden hose might not even really be an option. For starters, there is a lot of cost using the hose as it will lead to your water bill running up, and up, and up. And that's if you are allowed to use the hose! When drought conditions become severe, it is not uncommon for some localities to ban the use of water for irrigation purposes. Violating such ordinances can lead to huge fines. Rather than deal with such issues, would it not be a much better plan to purchase quality rain water barrels which can effectively and easily capture rain during the wet season?

Once you have captured the rain water, you can store it until the time is needed to use it to irrigate your garden. This may even turn out to be the best course of action to take since rain is, of course, natural water and does not contain the chlorine that is in the water coming from your hose. Your flowers and vegetable garden might end up appreciating the fact they are hydrated by natural rainwater that does not contain all manner of impurities.

Speaking of impurities....

If you make your own rain water barrels, it is likely the barrel was used for something else at some point. When you acquire such a barrel, you will definitely need to clean it out thoroughly. You will also want to use bleach to kill off any organic matter that might remain inside the barrel since you do not want any germs to fester.

You will also need to put a screen in place so that no additional debris such as leaves and the like find their way into the barrel when you collect the water. The debris will add nothing to the rain water and certain will add nothing to your irrigation of your garden. Additionally, the water could end up somewhat "poisoned" by unsanitary debris and we do not want impure water finding its way into your garden.

And you will eventually need to add a spigot with a faucet to it. That barrel may be fairly light when it is empty, but it is going to be REAL heavy when it fills up with water. As such, the spigot, faucet, and hose will be needed to extract the water.

Does it seem like there are a lot of additional steps to using water barrels? Not really. You just need to be a little thorough in terms of how you use them.


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