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Rain Barrel Bill - Water Collection

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Rain Barrel Bill - Water Collection

Rain barrels keep storm water from running down the drain

 

By Becky Garber

Landscape Logic

 

The parched month of March and the relief of thirst-quenching overnight rain reminds us how much we need to safeguard our most precious natural resource. Every time we keep the rainfall Mother Nature provides from rolling down the drain and use it in our yards, we rely less on the sprinklers and reduce stress on the storm-water system.

Two ways to keep water in your own yard are to use rain barrels and create a rain garden. Here are a few important tips about each of these smart ways to keep water from running down the drain.

Rain barrels

The 2017 landscape season is the first full growing season rain barrels are legal to use in Colorado. Since May is typically our rainiest month, there’s still time to implement a rain-barrel system.

Barrels may be used to collect water running off the roof that can subsequently be used to water landscaped areas on the property. Rainwater is non-potable and designated exclusively for watering plants on the site where the barrel is located.

Households are limited to two barrels with a total capacity of 110 gallons. The barrel must be equipped with a sealable lid as a safety feature, which will also help prevent breeding of mosquitos that can carry West Nile virus.

Two full barrels provide enough water to irrigate about 180 square feet of vegetable garden or lawn. They can potentially provide half the water required by this space during one growing season.

Before you invest in a rain barrel, consider the ongoing maintenance required. Users need to check each barrel regularly for debris, clean it, replace the screen as needed, and — like any irrigation tool — winterize it.

For more information on rain gardens, what do they do and how they can help, go to www.eaglevail.org.

Becky Garber is a member of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, of which Neils Lunceford, a landscaping company, is a member. You may contact them at 970-468-0340.

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