Rain barrels are getting more popular with people who have home gardens because during this time of year, there is usually a lot of rain and because the self sufficient and sustainable, as well as, the home garden scene, is becoming more popular.
Having some rain barrels has advantages. For instance, it is a very good way to save money on your water bill for anyone who gardens or uses large amounts of water for one reason or another. Did you know, that rainwater is a lot better than water from your tap, for plants?
Rainwater is close too neutral in pH and it is also free of treatment by-products like, chlorinated organics and it has a low amount of salts and harsh minerals. Here is a bit of interesting truth for those that are concerned about their garden’s health and the health of their own selves and family: Water you collect in rain barrels usually contains more nutrients and less dangerous chemicals, which gardens and people don’t need more of.
James River Basin Partnership (JRBP), of Springfield, Missouri, will sell you a rain barrel kit. Residents of Greene County can also get a rebate on rain barrels they purchase through the JRBP program. A few other places rain barrels are available, in town, are Wickman’s in Springfield and the Habitat Re-store there which is near Close Park, a popular location in Springfield.
You could also make your own rain barrels, simply by purchasing large plastic barrels or large containers that will hold water and the needed attachments which cab be found at different places in Springfield such as the many hardware stores in town.
You may also find instructions for assembling your own rain barrel system, online at the JRBP site. There, people can buy kits with everything they need to put together their own rain barrel system. This is a very good option for those that have never done so before.
You can also buy the parts piece by piece and assemble the system how you want it. A complete setup would, most likely, be less than one hundred dollars and in time, you would get all that money back by saving money on a water bill. According to the Missouri Conservation Department, the average one thousand square foot metal roof can collect you up to 600 gallons of water per inch of rainfall.
If you are living off the grid, as many these days are doing, you would not be connected to a city water source which means you would likely not have a water bill. Some “off gridders” have wells and these wells, unless truly off grid, are ran on electric. Although, most off grid folks would be creating their own electricity, modern day off grid scenes, typically have a well that is hooked into the grid.
This means you would likely have, at least, an electric bill. So you will save on this bill by collecting rain water. Over all, it is known that in the minimum you can reap the benefits of better health by catching, filtering and purifying your own water, which can be done with a rain barrels catching system.