Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Prepping Project - Rain Barrel

Mrs. RW prefers to use rainwater on her container plants. They do a lot better when she does and she really doesn't like to use the treated city water for her plants. This is the simple rainwater collection barrel I made for her. I made the lid opening big enough for her to dip water out of for her plants. It's pretty simple but it works. The barrel is positioned under a roof valley and the rainwater runs down the lid when opened and into the barrel.

This is a very basic rainwater barrel!

You can get an excellent guide to harvesting rainwater here:

The extra water could be used in an emergency situation and would only need a little filtration and purification before use.

Staying above the water line!


Pickdog said...

awesome...I need to put some together for the wife also.

Bullseye said...


This is a good link I found on how to make a rain barrel from a plastic barrel. Pretty good info too. Thought you may like it.

HermitJim said...

Hey, it works...and that's the main thing, right?

Thanks for the share, RW

riverwalker said...

To: pickdog

It was simple, quick and easy anbest of all....it works! Thanks.


riverwalker said...

To: Bullseye

Thanks for the link!


riverwalker said...

To: HermitJim

As long as it works and the wife is happy, so am I!


BTW, Not as complicated as irrigating 5 acres like I did at the farm...less work too!

SurvivalTopics.com said...

Very timely as we are looking into this very same idea. It is not that water is especially expensive in these mountains (we have an excellent supply) but should the municiple spigot be turned off for whatever reason, it is good to have a backup.

riverwalker said...

To: SurvivalTopics

I hope to be able to do a little more extensive project complete with baffle and filtration system on a simple scale. It's really not that hard. The hardest part is making it rain! LOL
Thanks Ron.


Gravity Gardener said...

Collecting rainwater for my bucket garden is a great way to help conserve water.
I too created a rain barrel using a vinyl trashcan and a few tools.
It cost about 10 bucks and is working nicely. You can take a look at my step by step pictures if interested.


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