Great American Rain BarrelRain happens. Rain is free. A 60-gallon rain barrel can fill up with less than .25 inch of rainfall. Rain barrels can go a long way in offsetting your domestic water needs, including gardening, car washing, and pool topping. In turn, the burden on the local water system or your well will diminish and ultimately save you money. Collecting rain water has become as typical as recycling bottles, cans, newspapers, and composting. Link two or three barrels together and you can save up to 180 gallons of precious rain water. The Great American Rain Barrel is built to be ...
Why Save Rain Water Only ¼ inch of rain is needed to fill a 60 gallon barrel. Sixty gallons can cover about 100 square feet with 1 inch of water. This can go along way in offsetting garden needs in the spring and summer months when water consumption increases anywhere between 20 and 200%. Capturing rain water in a barrel before it hits the ground decreases stormwater runoff, which otherwise carries pollutants from paved surfaces into groundwater and rivers.Installation Guidelines Tools needed: a hacksaw & measuring tape Diverter attaches easily to gutter downspout Draw a line on the downspout approximately 9 inches above the top of the rain barrel Move the barrel away Use a hacksaw and cut the downspout at the line or marking Note: if a downspout bracket is below your cut, remove the bracket and place it above the cut Attach diverter and set angle The diverter is designed so that you can crimp the sides of the downspouts to fit the diverter Done! Established in 1988, the Great American Rain Barrel Company was the result of an idea conjured up by two Massachusetts school teachers to recycle shipping drums into rain barrels as inspired by those they'd seen in English gardens. The shipping barrels they'd chosen had been used to ship olives from Spain, and sometimes the olives were even cured in the barrels and so the creation of the company was thematically appropriate, given the natural synergy with their import business and the environmental implications. Now, the Great American Rain Barrel Company is a fully owned subsidiary of a food importing and packing company. They repurpose their own shipping drums into a complete water collection system in their plant in Hyde Park, MA. With the support of a loyal customer base, the Great American Rain Barrel Company is one of the largest sellers of repurposed rain barrels to communities and individual people nationwide.
The Amerimax Home Products flex-a-spout downspout extension has a White color and rigid, corrugated design for versatility. Featuring durable plastic construction, this extension can be buried, bent or connected to additional sections. This flexible downspout extension easily bends and holds its shape and can be Extended from 25 - 55 in. Use this downspout extension to divert water away from the foundation or connect to drainage pipe and catch basin to control drainage.