There are a variety of systems for rainwater harvesting ranging from very simple home systems to complex industrial systems. The rate at which rainwater can be collected from either system is dependent on the plan area of the system. Rainwater harvesting ensures an independent water supply despite climate changes. Rainwater harvesting reduces urban sewer pollution by reducing peak storm water run-off.
Rainwater harvesting systems are easy to install and to operate. Rainwater barrels are typically made from plastic, metal, or wood. Barrels can be as basic as a recycled 55 gallon plastic food grade drum to a designer created beauty. All will function fine.
Why waste money purchasing municipal water while FREE WATER falls from the skies?
We recommend purchasing an automatic rainwater diverter system for your barrels. This device mounts on your downspout and controls the flow of water into the barrel via a hose connected to the side of the barrel when it rains. Once the barrel becomes full, water backs up the hose to the downspout and prevents water from entering the line preventing barrel overflow and directs the water to flow to the drain fields as usual when the barrel is full. This is a very good feature to have if you live in rainy areas like the Pacific Northwest as a 55 gallon barrel completely empty can fill within 35-40 minutes in a moderate rain. If more storage is required you can “gang” the barrels together in series so when one barrel is full it overflows into the next.
The cost of rain barrels vary from $25 each up to $300 for the high end ones. You will also need some sort of stand to elevate the barrel for proper water evacuation, costs for stands vary as there are so many options depending on what your setup is. Rainwater diverters are $25 to $50 each depending on the quality and type of diverter.
We do not sell rain barrel systems as there are plenty of online retailers that will sell you the barrels and accessories at the same exact cost that contractors can purchase at. We would sell them if we could find a decent wholesale supplier. However we can recommend several reliable sources to purchase direct from, one of them is local right here in Portland, Oregon.
We do however install the diverter systems and hook them up to your barrel for you for a reasonable cost.