Milwaukee Community Service Corps

Rain Barrels

 

Rainwater collection: Great for the environment,
good for your household budget. 

You can easily collect (or as many people say, "harvest") rainwater that is flowing through a downspout.
Harvested rainwater can provide many benefits to you, your community, and your environment.

Rainwater is great for gardens, houseplants, auto cleaning, window washing, and many other household chores.
It provides a source of water during droughts and periods of water restrictions.
It saves you money by lowering your water bill.

It can lower the volume of water flowing to the sewer treatment facility — this conserves energy.
It reduces stress on municipal storm drain and sewer systems.

HOW MUCH WATER WILL BE COLLECTED FROM MY ROOF?
The rule of thumb is that a 1000 square foot roof can provide approximately 600 gallons of water during a 1" rainfall, 300 gallons in a 1/2" rainfall, or 150 gallons in a 1/4" rainfall.It's common for about 1/8" inch of rain to fall each hour during a moderate rainstorm. That means that a 500 square foot roof can fill a properly installed 50-gallon rain barrel in about one hour.

HOW DOES THE RAIN BARREL CAPTURE WATER FROM MY DOWNSPOUT?
The Flexifit diverter, is included with every rain barrel, this diverter installs quickly and easily by drilling a 2 1/8" hole in your downspout — we've even included a hole saw that works with any standard drill. Then, the flexible diverter is inserted into this hole, form fitting to the inside of the downspout and collecting the flowing rainwater. The Flexifit diverter even has an automatic overflow function; when the barrel is full, extra rainwater flows through your downspout, preventing the barrel from flooding.



BARREL STATS
Your barrel should be located close to a downspout, near the anticipated area of use on a solid and level service.

  • 55 Gallons of storage.
  • 23" in diameter (appx.)
  • 36" tall
RAIN BARRELS ARE UNAVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

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