Thursday, September 6, 2012

Rain Barrels… When It Rains, Belmont Residents Save

Taken from Wicked Local

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. Usually, a rain barrel is a 60-gallon drum, a vinyl hose, PVC couplings, and a screen grate to keep debris and insects out. A rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under any residential gutter downspout.

Believe it or not, for every inch of rain that falls on a catchment area of 1,000 square feet, one can expect to collect approximately 600 gallons of rainwater. This means that 10 inches of rain falling on a 1,000 square foot catchment area will generate about 6,000 gallons of rainwater.

Jan Kruse

Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/belmont/news/x879853038/Rain-barrels-when-it-rains-Belmont-residents-save#ixzz25WfXx6vW