Build Your Own Eco-friendly Rain Barrel

Build Your Own Eco-friendly Rain BarrelMy rainy days are all about taking in an afternoon nap to the soundtrack of nature’s tears. I’m also able to sleep better knowing I’ll be putting that glorious rainwater to good use. I’d be fibbing if I said that I dream of learning how to building your own eco-friendly rain barrel.

As few years back, my family got our first lesson in water conservation through rain barrels. Georgians all over the state had to deal with stricter watering laws because of low water levels in our main reservoir, Lake Lanier. The situation got so severe that our Governor, Sunny Purdue, along with pastors and religious leaders of all varieties held a prayer service for rain!

Though the watering restrictions have calmed a bit, we (my family and I) still use our homemade rain barrel for our outdoor watering needs. For Green Blizzard, green living doesn’t get any easier (and cheaper) than recycling nature’s own resources.

In the video below a rain barrel expert shows you a simple way to make a rain barrel.

Here is a list of the items needed to build your own eco-friendly rain barrel

  • 2 Heavy Duty Garbage Cans & Lids (you can use only one if you prefer)
  • 1 Atrium Grate
  • Silicone Sealant
  • Screen Mesh
  • Scissors
  • 1 Pack of #15 O Rings
  • 3/4” PVC Pipe
  • Couplings
  • Adapters
  • PVC Cement
  • PVC Purple Primer
  • Washer Connection Hose
  • Garden Hose
  • PVC Ball Valve Socket
  • Drill with Bits (that is a drill along with the different sized cutting drill pieces)
  • 1” Forstner Bit
  • 3” Hole Saw
  • Hacksaw
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Gloves (latex and work gloves)
  • Safety Glasses

  • To work on the downspout already attached to your house, you may need a ladder and sawhorses.

    Not interested in building your own? Consider one of these and have it dropped off at your front door by Amazon…

    A few of Green Blizzards recommended rain barrels: Home Accents Rain Barrel or Good Ideas Oak Rain Wizard or Algren 50-Gallon Rain Water System or Portable Rain Barrel

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    About the author

    Danielle Jappah

    Danielle brings a touch of southern US charm to our writing team.Since points of view on climate change vary depending on resources, economies, and political viewpoints of the region, we wanted a southerner to expand our point of view. The U.S. South has its own unique POV on climate change and Danielle writes from her office in Atlanta inspiring southern naysayers to wake up and recognize what happening everywhere.

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