ECO – LIFE IDEA Rain Barrels And Saving Water

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Saving water by using a rain barrel may sound silly, but if worldwide everyone started using rain barrels it would make a huge difference.  Below are two examples taken from “The Old Farmers Almanac”.  If you are not familiar with the Farnmer’s Almanac check out their site ,  , it is chock full of commonsense ideas and advice.


 Rain Barrel News

 It is hard to argue against the merits of a large barrel positioned to catch rainfall, especially from downspouts or gutters, and using it for your plants on dry days. If you have an engineering degree, you can build a cistern. Lacking that, think of ways to save water in large containers that can be covered.

Or, consider these:

 Giving new life to barrels originally designed for importing olives, the Great American Rain Barrel Company sells a polyethylene barrel that collects and stores up to 60 gallons of water. It comes with an overflow fitting, drain plug, screw-on cover, and threaded spigot for a hose positioned 14 inches from ground level. For more water storage, several barrels can be linked together with a garden hose. A diverter allows water to be channeled directly from a downspout into a barrel. For more information, including some on unpainted barrels, contact the Great American Rain Barrel Company, Inc., 1715 Hyde Park Avenue, Hyde Park MA 02136, go to, or call 800-251-2352.

 The Spruce Creek Company creates a 54-gallon rain barrel from a mold reminiscent of an old wooden barrel. Its one-piece construction is formed of durable, nearly 1/4-inch-thick, UV-protected, polyethylene plastic and promises ease of setup, safety for children and pets, reduced evaporation, and insect prevention. It comes with a threaded solid brass spigot, automatic overflow, linkability, and two dispensing levels. Check The Spruce Creek Rainsaver for more details or call 800-940-0187


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  1. Thinking about rain barrels, rainwater harvesting, gardening, composting, conservation of water, proper garden tools and home maintenance tools all brings me to the brilliant newly invented, American made, gutter cleaning tool that is part of and included in all of the above terms.

    When I want to be sure that my environment around my home is free of mosquitoes, mold, virus that grows in my rain gutters that I channel my rainwater into my rain barrels, I use my brand new Gutter Clutter Buster gutter cleaning tool!

    While keeping my rain gutters squeaky clean all year long I eliminate the possibility of stagnant, smelly water breeding mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus and use me as a testing site. I also eliminate the possibility of any roaches hanging out in my rain gutters that carry over 33 different contagious diseases.

    This new tool keeps my rain gutters so clean, with no added equipment needed, such as gutter brushes, filters, guards, ladders, scoops, water wands, blowers, that my rainwater flows swiftly into my rain barrels and I am able to conserve on potable water usage, saving money and precious, priceless water.

    The Gutter Clutter Buster is an attachment tool that connects snuggly to any 2-1/2″ wet dry vac hose and allows you to vacuum out all rain gutter debris, be it wet or dry, including stagnant water, snow, sand, roof gravel, pine needles, leaves, twigs, bird nests, moss, pine cones, and many other types of debris.

    When finished cleaning just dump all debris out of the canister directly into your compost bin or around your plants as mulch. Again, conserving additional need for potable water.

    I’m firmly convinced this is an easier, safer, cleaner, faster, and money saving method of cleaning out one’s rain gutters. I encourage everyone to visit the web site at and see for themselves how this brand new rain gutter cleaning tool is a must in everyones lawn and garden tool collection.

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