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We're hoping to get a rain barrel for the upcoming wet season,
and I have a few questions. If you have one you like, what
brand/style/size did you choose? And where's a good place to
buy either rain barrels or plain plastic drums that could be
converted around here? I've looked online, but shipping is high
due to size. This barrel is going on our deck -- very visible --
so the more attractive the better, but I think price is most
important to me. Thanks!
Trying to be Water-wise
I googled ''rain barrel SF Bay Area''
This url came up--- they do not charge shipping.
Also, here's a url for how to make a rain barrel yourself.
Susan and Russel
I, too, am looking for about three rainbarrels, and have been put off by price (including
shipping). I looked at Gaiam, but too expensive! Maybe we should organize an order
of 20 or more to be dropped at an accessible location in Berkeley, and go bulk? I bet
we could get more families who are interested to join us.
We shopped around and found www.cleanairgardening.com It was the
best deal at the time we bought for buying just one barrel. We
wanted to start w/ one and see how much we used it. So far so
good -- but it's not rocket science, you could probably furnish
Free water, yay!
Has anybody used a rain barrel or other rain collecting device?
We're thinking about setting something up for next winter to hold
water for the garden, but not sure what to get and how to set it
up. How do you avoid creating a mosquito breeding ground? How
long can you store the water? Is it worth all the trouble? Thanks!
Sure! Rainwater is an excellent source of water for you garden
and you can rig up the barrels to be inaccessible to mosquitoes.
Portland and Seattle have excellent stormwater control programs
that includes disconnecting roof downspouts and diverting roof
runoff into rain barrels. This stormwater control provides the
benefit of capturing rainwater that can be used later in your
garden! Refer to their websites and I bet if you called them
for more information they would be very helpful. Here's a quick
look at Portland's and Seattle's websites:
good luck capturing rainwater for later re-use.
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