Saturday, October 10, 2009

the final reveal!

the rain harvester is up and ready for rain!

we used a 58 gallon, food grade barrel. john drilled a hole in the side to add the water spigot that we will later attach a hose to. then he ran 20 feet of gutter along the house and used a 'flexi hose' that attaches straight to the barrel. the nice thing is that the gutters are easy to add to, if we ever decide we want more water. he built the stand allowing us to utilize our friend gravity. that enables us to have better water pressure.

one more thing- and this only makes it all the more exciting to me! the barrel and all the wood for the stand were FREE! we did have to purchase the elements for the spigot and all of the gutters.

i am so excited to see how much healthier our plants are going to be on a steady diet of rain water!

now- bring on the rain!!!


Rachel said...

Awesome, Mandi! I will have to show Thomas. We got two free food-grade barrels a full two years ago, but have never set up our own rain catchment system. I hope we get something up before springtime.

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The Kramer Family said...

We love this! That is the coolest thing!

Crunchy Christian Mom said...

Oh, that is AWESOME! Er, duh, I guess that's what everyone else said, too. LOL.

Coby said...

i've been trying to draw up a plan for a rain bucket that has a syringe like element that will give great pressure when weight is applied. OR what about a solar powered pump? Or...a bike powered pump? I guess a syringe would make the most sense.

Partieof6 said...

that is so cool! Also thanks for leading me to throne of my Lord yesterday!

cally said...

I was just thinking to myself this morning...I wonder how Mandi's water thing turned out.

I was looking at the crud in my shower that I thought I cleaned on Saturday and wondered if you had a good natural shower scum remedy, which turned my thoughts to your water tower.

It is so cool. We're doing this.

When I have my yellow house on the land.

Kellybird said...

pure geniusness!

lacysummer said...

love it
we have the barrel which looks like yours, does your have a lid?

ours does not and we are trying to figure out how to attach the washer and bolt to the inside of the spigot without having to cut the top