In a particularly dry season, when the reservoirs are practically empty and when many cities are forced to guarantee supplies with tanker trucks, enjoying the water is a maxim.
For this reason, creating a homemade rain barrel is a very simple option to take advantage of such a scarce resource, especially in times of drought. With just a few hours of work and very simple materials, you will be able to create this domestic system that will allow you to reuse the water that runs through the roof on rainy days.
What do you need to craft your rain barrel.
In addition to being an easy project, it is not very demanding in terms of materials, since with what you see in the image you will have practically everything you need. On the other hand, you’ll want to have four rubber washers, a PVC reducer, and a screen handy.
If the materials you have don’t exactly match the ones in the photo, don’t worry, they will work. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that the container you choose as a barrel has a wide mouth, can be covered, and is the right size for the water you want to catch.
How to make the rain barrel step by step.
Once you have all of the above, you can get to work. As mentioned, the process will be quite simple.
First step: Preparing the barrel.
In order for the rainwater to flow in and out of the barrel, you will need two things: connect the pipe that will carry the water, as well as one (or more) outlets, in this case by a tap and a pipe connection .
To install the faucet, drill a hole in the bottom of the barrel. Although the approximate size is 2.5 centimeters, make sure it matches your tap connection. After drilling, remove chips around the hole.
This is where you will need the rubber rings. Following the example of the pictures, place them between the two pieces. These, in turn, are the ones you need to place in the hole you just drilled.
Screw the pieces together and make sure the faucet doesn’t leak. If you detect leaks, you can add putty.
Next, drill another hole, this time on the top side of the barrel. In this case, the exact size will be the one that fits that of a pipe. This second outlet will be very useful for watering the plants.
After this step you will need to make another hole, now for the pipe through which the rainwater will enter. To do this, place the PVC reduction piece on top of the barrel and mark its diameter with a pencil.
Then, make two holes on each side of the mark. When you have them, cut around the outline with a saw.
At this point you can already place the PVC reducer. In addition, to prevent leaves or insects from entering the barrel, the ideal is to stick a small grid that acts as a filter. If you incorporate it, remember that you will need to clean it from time to time.
Second step: Connect the barrel with the roof.
Once you’ve made sure the PVC reducer is securely attached to the barrel, attach a pipe like the one you see in the photo above. With it you will need to connect the barrel to the gutter. Adjust the part well and be sure to fix the pipe securely on its upper part.
Third step: Placement and adjustments.
Once everything is properly connected, there won’t be much to do. A word of advice, to make it easier for you to use the rainwater harvesting tap, it is best to place it at a certain height; for example on a table. In any case, choose a very firm surface.
With this you will have your barrel ready and you will only have to wait for the next rain to start reusing the water. Remember that, if you want to make the most of this resource, you can activate more barrels to have more space to store water and use it to clean the house or water the plants.
There are other options for harvesting rainwater, find the one that best suits your situation.
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