How To Set Up And Install A Rain Barrel

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Just think — with 1 inch of rain, you can collect more than 600 gallons of water for every 1,000 square feet of roof area. Water that otherwise would drain into storm drains and pipes can be used to water your garden.

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It takes no more than an afternoon, a few materials and some basic DIY skills to install a backyard rain barrel. Follow along as Evan Marks, founder and executive director of the nonprofit The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, California, shows how.

A rain barrel is a container that collects runoff from your home’s gutter system, connecting to the downspout with a diverter or fitting under a modified downspout.

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A spigot or hose connector lets you drain the water for use around your landscape.ain barrels provide an alternative to using municipal water or well water for irrigation.

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