Landscape Design forum: Rainwater Collection

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Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas (Zone 8a)
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Nov 12, 2011 4:17 PM CST
I really want to set one of these systems up. Watched many videos on you tube. Now I would like to get the advice of friends.

1. How many barrels do you have?
2. Do you have yours standing up or lying on their sides?
3. What kind of filter do you use?
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Name: Thom Foote
Colbert, WA (Zone 6a)
Organic herb farmers
Jan 16, 2012 12:36 PM CST
I set up our system in Fairbanks, Alaska. We had a downspout on each corner of the house leading to a separate blue plastic barrel and a wooden whiskey barrel. On each downspout I installed a manual diverter that I could open and close by tilting up or down a portion of the downspout itself. ou can buy these online. When the barrels were full, I closed the diverter. The rainwater then flowed out into the yard AWAY FROM THE FOUNDATION. I installed in each barrel two things: 1. an overflow port about 3 inches down from the top that I attached a short garden hose to and 2: a regular water spigot that I screwed into the bottom about 2 inches from the bottom. This was for emptying at the end of the summer and for gravity feed watering of my garden. On top of each barrel I had a piece of screen to keep junk and bugs out. Each barrel sat on a treated 4'x4' base made of treated 2"x4" lumber. Also, purely for aesthetics, I built a cedar box around the blue plastic barrels. At the end of summer I would drain each blue barrel and turn it upside down. The wooden barrel I just left it upright. The system worked very well. Hope this helps.

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