With summer just a few weeks away, now is the time to start preparing for water conservation. While water scarcity is a frustrating obstacle, it can be easily prevented by installing and making use of rain barrels. Rain barrels can hold anywhere between 50 and 80 gallons of water, which can later be used during summer chores such as gardening and lawn care. Though rain barrels are relevantly easy to set up, they offer a variety of benefits, such as:
- Recycling water to save for later use.
- Preventing erosion, which keeps pesticides and other containments out of nearby bodies of water.
- Saving money by reusing water. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, homeowners can save up to 1,300 gallons of water during the growing season.
- Healthy plants and soil, benefiting from the lack of chlorine in recycled water. Tap water also contains inorganic ions and fluoride compounds that accumulate in soil over time and can be harmful to plants.
Not only do rain barrels offer a plethora of benefits, but after their easy setup, they require only minimum attention. Rain barrels need to be stationed on a level, solid ground, and can be situated under a gutter to catch maximum amounts of water. After the rain barrel is filled, the water can be emptied by attaching a hose to the faucet on the side of the barrel, making watering plants incredibly easy while conserving water at the same time. The faucet can also be used to fill watering cans for more flexibility. Remember, while rain barrels are great for conserving water and protecting nearby bodies of water, the conserved water can only be used for plants, and never human or pet consumption.
In addition to providing several practical benefits that are environmental-friendly, rain barrels come in several forms and designs that look impressive in any yard. Many standard rain barrels are designed to match either natural stone or brick so they can fit in and match with other lawn decorations. More sophisticated rain barrels are designed to both hold plants and catch water, serving as both a planter and a rain barrel simultaneously.
Rain barrels are a great way to help conserve water, and can help benefit your home, garden, and community. After setting up the barrel, virtually no effort is required for their use, making them a convenient, but effective way to help conserve water during the summer and growing season.
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