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rainwater collection ideas

10 times 50 gallonsI like this creative daisy chain of 50 gallon barrels as a low budget solution for rain water collection in a suburban setting. This is a picture I found on Flickr.

We've found these types of barrels used for around 8 bucks at some of the local feed stores, which is most likely cheaper than buying a new 500 gallon container.

I guess the real question in a project like this is how much time and additional materials will it take in comparison to the easy way?

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I can't tell from the picture...does most of the runoff go into one barrell and the overspill into the others? Interesting idea.
Comment by Fostermamas Thu Jan 15 20:41:52 2009
That's exactly what I asked Mark! He wasn't sure, but if you click on the image you can see a slightly larger one which seems to show a downspout from the house feeding into one of the barrels.
Comment by anna Fri Jan 16 08:49:19 2009

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