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Rain Barrel: Save the Environment

Clifford T Johnson, P.E., CSE

Rain Barrel: Most plans DO NOT include a pumping system which is required if the barrel is going to be easy to use for watering yards or plants unless it is installed on a frame that puts the bottom at least 8 foot above ground. This plan incorporates a sump pump and hose that allows a person to water a garden or lawn. Not only is it environmentally friendly, it is better for the plants. Water is expensive and may be rationed during the summer months, however, that is when much of the homeowners water is spent outdoors!

ĒDonít forget to elevate the rain barrel". That's what most of the web sites tell you to do. Using the spigot on a rain barrel requires force to make the water flow. In the absence of a pump, that meant help from gravity. Iím here to tell you, there needs to be a pretty substantial height difference to get the flow of the water going or itíll just trickle out. It really needs a pump to do much watering.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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