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Rain Barrel-A/C Water Conservation. With Master Gardeners & N.W.F Habitat Stewards Ann Poe & Art Constantino . artcons@bellsouth.net . What is a Rain Barrel?. Our homemade drum style rain barrel. A vessel used to store rainwater . More Rain barrels . Other types of storage vessels.

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rain barrel a c water conservation
Rain Barrel-A/C Water Conservation

With

Master Gardeners & N.W.F Habitat Stewards

Ann Poe & Art Constantino

artcons@bellsouth.net

what is a rain barrel
What is a Rain Barrel?

Our homemade drum style rain barrel

A vessel used to store rainwater

more rain barrels
More Rain barrels

Other types of storage vessels

Web purchased

Mona & Walter Johnston

M.E. DePalma

Web purchased

Web purchased

Mona & Walter Johnston

advantages of using rain barrels
Advantages of Using Rain Barrels
  • Helps supplement irrigation
  • Reduces storm water runoff
  • Directs irrigation to reduce water waste
  • Acidic rain water aids our alkaline soil
  • You doing your part to conserve water
how much water can i collect
How Much Water Can I Collect?
  • 1" rain = 600 gal of water per 1000 sq feet of roof
  • Art’s half roof = 432 sq ft or 259 gallons per 1”
  • 4 - 55 gallon drums = 220 gallon storage
  • Collects more water than he can store
rain barrel considerations
Rain Barrel Considerations
  • Check community deed restrictions
  • Vessels size & shape for your water needs
  • Use suitable vessel
  • Keep independent from house plumbing or sprinkler
  • locate in shade - close to the gutter & usage
  • Elevated sturdy frame minimum 15” high
food grade vs non food grade
Food Grade vs. Non-food Grade

Food-grade containers are preferred by many but water quality is not a concern when collecting rain water watering lawns or gardens

Collected water is not for human consumption

How do I know if the barrel is safe?

Request a Material Data Safety Sheet from the supplier of your used barrel. It states the hazards of the material the container held

our model rain barrel
Our Model Rain Barrel
  • Non-food grade - used barrel
  • After washing – safe for use
  • Heavy duty – stable - opaque
  • Water filter – large overflow
  • Lower or upper joining
  • Move water without a pump
filter feature of our rain barrel
Filter Feature of Our Rain Barrel
  • Use small pool skimmer filter
  • Filter roof and gutter debris
  • Keeps out bugs-mosquitoes
  • Holds flexible downspout firm
overflow feature of our rain barrel
Overflow Feature of Our Rain Barrel
  • 1 ½” pipe removes water fast
  • Pvc pipe is custom fit
  • Easily moves water away from foundation to drainage area
high joining of our rain barrel
High Joining of Our Rain Barrel
  • Connect two or more rain barrels via high joining
  • High joining-easy to build
  • Fill one barrel at a time
  • Empty one barrel at a time
  • Each barrel needs spigot
  • Last barrel gets overflow
lower joining of our rain barrel
Lower Joining of our rain barrel
  • Connect two or more rain barrels via low joining
  • More difficult to build
  • Two people to move
  • Built in 2" fittings
  • Both barrels fill and empty together
  • One spigot used

Shown upside down

  • Overflow on last barrel
you don t have a gutter
You Don’t Have a Gutter

A 10 foot section of gutter & downspout can be installed where needed.

  • The cost is low
  • Few tools used to do the job
  • Medium difficulty
  • Supply the most water
you are limited only by your imagination
You Are Limited Only by Your Imagination

You may not have seen the next ideas before. We hope you will be inspired to try a few yourself.

using rain chains
Using Rain Chains
  • Difficult to install gutter & downspout
  • Use a rain chain to move water
  • Easy to install
  • Available in many styles & prices
  • Any vessel can be used to create yard art.
decorative smaller vessels

Yard art can be used in “deed restrictive” areas

Decorative Smaller Vessels
  • Many sizes - styles - colors - shapes available

Built by Mona & Walter Johnston

  • Use rain chains to supply the water
  • Use as many as you need
a c discharge water
A/C Discharge Water
  • A/C water readily available year round including dry season when needed most
  • 7 - 8 dry season days = 55 gallons water
  • Lots of water for very little effort

Saving water without rain

mechanics of a c discharge water
Mechanics of A/C Discharge Water
  • A/C units discharge water by gravity or pump
  • Your A/C handler is near a outside wall
  • No pump in or near drip pan

Youhave a gravity drain

  • Your A/C handler in the central interior area
  • A pump under or near the drip pan
  • You have a pumped system

Both systems capture & save A/C water

using gravity fed a c water
Using Gravity Fed A/C water?

This is a type of gravity fed A/C water system

  • Most storage vesselburied
  • Near A/C water discharge
  • A/C water piped into vessel
  • Small pump installed inside
  • Pump water to larger vessel
  • A/C on…barrel is refilling

Saving water without rain

Courtesy Mona & Walter Johnston

using pump fed a c water
Using Pump Fed A/C Water?

This is a type of pump fed A/C water system

  • Storage vesselelevated
  • Barrel can be further away
  • Pump not needed in barrel
  • A/C on…barrel is refilling
  • Clear tubing easy to use

Saving water without rain

October Rose, Hibiscusradiatus

Gravity fed A/C discharge means the water from your inside air handler will collect in a drip pan and gravity will send it outside. It will be coming out of your wall outside close to the ground.

To use it you will have to capture it in a container below below the water outlet. Once captured you can pump it to another vessel or area.

supplying water features
Supplying Water Features
  • Rain Barrel & A/C water can be used to…
  • Keep your pond, fountain or decorative urn filled
  • Rain barrels or vessels can supply your water
  • By pumping or using raised barrels or vessels
  • Here is one example of how it can be done
decorative urn water feature
Decorative Urn Water Feature
  • Purchased / homemade urn
  • Run rigid or soft pipe from your water storage vessel to the back of the urn
  • Connect pipe to fill valve
  • From fill valve pipe into urn
  • Install hose bib on front
  • Urn becomes a rain barrel

This urn available $199.+ at

http://www.gardeners.com/Rain-Catcher-Urn/

fountain water feature
Fountain Water Feature
  • Large bottom basin holding 5-6 gallons preferred
  • Run rigid or soft pipe from your water storage to the back of the fountain
  • Connect pipe to fill valve
  • From fill valve pipe into basin
  • Install hose bib on front-back
  • Fountain is multi tasking
homemade rain barrels
Homemade Rain Barrels
  • Two lower joining 55 gallon drums
  • Inverted for stability
  • With a filter & hose bib
  • Large overflow
  • Hidden by bushes-tarp in deed restricted area

Photo & barrels by Wain Barber

purchased rain barrel
Purchased Rain Barrel
  • Purchased barrel online from Great American Rain Barrel
  • Opaque - sturdy - filter overflow & hose bib
  • 100 % recycled plastic
  • Available in four colors
  • Trouble free many years

M.E. DePalma Photo

where to get parts shown
Where to Get Parts Shown
  • Home Depot & Lowe’s carry all the plumbing parts & fixtures used here.
  • For barrels check your yellow pages under drums-barrels new/used.
  • The WWW is a great source to find commercial rain barrels, urns, rain chains, pumps, etc

Building Rain Barrel handouts are available.

We will be glad to answer your questions.