Saturday, July 4, 2009
We spent most of yesterday looking for these: rain barrels. We are having gutters installed next week, and unfortunately the grading around our house isn't the best. We were trying to figure out whether to run the drain spouts out away from the house, but a rain barrel provides a convenient and easy way to solve our problem. I also have a number of rose bushes in the little courtyard, and I'll be able to use the rain water to water them. Of course, we're not sure that our barrels are big enough...it turns out that 1 inch of rain on a 1000 square foot roof will generate over 600 gallons of water! Our roof is about 2000 square feet, and we'll have one barrel in the back and one in the front. These are 60 gallon barrels, so I guess we'll just have to see if we ever get more than 1/10 of an inch at a time. Luckily, this design can be linked to a second barrel. Hmmm...I just checked the weather yesterday, and it rained half an inch. I wonder how often that happens? The average rainfall for the whole month of July is 1-2 inches, so maybe that was very unseasonal. :) We'll find out!