ShadyGardens Blog

January 22, 2008

Rain Collection Barrel is an Important Method of Water Conservation

Filed under: Barrel, Conservation, drought, Georgia, Rain, Water — shadygardens @ 2:35 pm

Well, we went from no rain in sight with creeks drying up all over the place to large amounts of rain every few days! Wow! It just goes to show you we can never underestimate the power of prayer!

The fact that rain is sometimes plentiful and then scarce again has prompted many gardeners to devise methods of saving that precious rain water for hard times. One method of rain collection that is becoming more popular is the rain barrel. I’ve seen numerous methods of building such a collection system, some quite expensive. One thing we in Georgia must consider is mosquito control, but safety is an important concern as well—it must be impossible for children and small animals to get into the barrel which would contain perhaps several feet of water.
In addition to holding down costs on your water bill, conserving and protecting our most important resource is good for the environment.

Ready made Rain Barrels can be purchased, or you can build one yourself. The photo above shows how attractive a rain barrel can look, while conserving water at the same time. You can find online instructions for making two different types of rain barrels at http://www.walterreeves.com/how_to/article.phtml?cat=26&id=1005.

If building a rain barrel is a matter that interests you, and you live near Troup County, Georgia, you’ll want to attend the upcoming Watersmart Program sponsored by the Troup County Extension Service in February. The Watersmart Program is an instructional program presenting many different water smart ideas for homeowners. During this program, Jennifer Davidson will demonstrate how to build a rain barrel. A very small fee will be charged for the program which will be at the Troup County Agricultural Center at 10 am on February 8, 2008. To register, please call the Troup County Extension Service at 706-883-1675.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.