In order to conserve our precious natural resources, we all need to learn how to recycle water whenever possible. Our planet has a limited supply of clean drinking water and too much is wasted every day. Fortunately, there is a simple way to help reduce consumption of ground and well water - rain water. It is easy to recycle rain water that you can use to water your lawn or flower and vegetable gardens. You can also use rain water to wash your car. In fact the uses for recycled rain water are almost endless. So, here is a handy step by step guide you can use to create a rain water recycling system in your home. Let's get started.
Step 1 - Clean and Place the Drum
Pour some dishwashing liquid into the barrel or drum and then thoroughly clean and rinse the interior of the container. Also, scrub the outside of the barrel or drum to remove any grease or grime that may be on the container. Place the drum or barrel under a gutter downspout or other area where rainwater run off occurs. Try to select an area that allows water run off to flow into the barrel but also has an eave or covering over the collection barrel.
Step 2 - Create Spigot Hole
Use your drill and 15/16 inch drill bit to drill a hole for the spigot at the base of the barrel. Place the spigot hole about 3 to 4 inches up from the bottom of the barrel.
Step 3 - Install the Spigot
Insert the spigot into the hole you created at the bottom of the barrel. Then, open the can of PVC glue and use the dauber to apply the cement around the spigot where it is inserted into the barrel or drum. This will help to secure the spigot to the drum and will also create a watertight seal that will prevent water from leaking out of the hole.
Step 4 - Create Base for Collection Barrel or Drum
You can create a base for your rainwater collection barrel or drum by simply placing three concrete blocks side by side and then setting the barrel or drum on top of them.
Step 5 - Cut Hole in Top of Barrel or Drum
You will need to cut a hole into the top of the barrel or drum so that rainwater can enter it. You can choose to create a hole that a downspout can fit into, or you can also create a large hole that will allow rainwater to simply fall into the barrel or drum. If you create a large hole in the top of the barrel, cover the hole with a fine plastic screen mesh to prevent insects and debris from entering the barrel. Don't use wire screen mesh as it will usually rust.