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Snyder County Rain Barrel Workshop

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									Snyder County Rain Barrel
       Workshop
              Jason Winey
           Watershed specialist
    Snyder County Conservation District
“This workshop has been partially
funded by the League of Women
Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen
Education Fund under a grant from
the Pennsylvania Department of
Environmental Protection.”
         Workshop Agenda

• Rainbarrel DO’s
• Rainbarrel DONT’S
• Rainbarrel Myths
• Rainbarrel Benefits
• Rainbarrel Construction
• Tips and Secrets
          Rainbarrel DO’s

• Water Lawn
• Water Garden
• Wash Car
• Cleaning Windows and House
            Rainbarrel Don’ts

• Do not drink the water without testing it.
• Do not use the water for cooking or
 bathing.
           Rainbarrel Myths

• It’s UGLY……
• It’s a Mosquito Breeding Ground
• It will catch all the water from my roof
• It can be used all year.
Rainbarrel Myths: It’s Ugly
• I’ll let the
    pictures make
    the point.
•   Recommend
    Krylon
    “Fusion”
    which will
    bond well to
    plastic
Rainbarrel Myths: It’s a Mosquito Breeding Ground


• Mosquitoes need roughly a week of
  standing water to develop.
• Empty water within a week to avoid
  breeding.
• Add 1 tbsp of olive oil
• Keep barrel free of organic material
• Keep barrel covered with mesh
Rainbarrel Myths: It will catch all
the water from my roof.
• In a one inch rain event the water off 10
  sq ft will produce roughly 60 gallons of
  water.
• Plan for the overflow
• Link Barrels
Rainbarrel Myths: It can be used all
year.
• Disconnect barrel when freezing weather
  starts and reconnect existing spouting.
• Empty barrel and store upside down so it
  remains dry and clean.
         Rainbarrel Benefits

• Outdoor watering can account for up to
  30% of annual water bill. Save money by
  using rainbarrel.
• Using less treated water can reduce
  demand on water treatment facilities.
• Using non-chlorinated water will be better
  for gardens and lawns.
         Rainbarrel Benefits

• Helps natural groundwater recharge.
• Reduces water pollution by reducing
  stormwater runoff from carrying pollutants
  like sediment, oil, grease, bacteria, and
  nutrients.
• Easy and Inexpensive to build and install.
Rain Barrel Construction

• No right or wrong way.
• Make it the best for your specific situation
• No “one size fits all” solution
Rain Barrel Construction: The Big
Three Things to Keep in Mind
• 1) How to get Water IN.
• 2) How to get Water OUT.
• 3) What do I do with the EXCESS water.
Rainbarrel Construction: How to
get Water IN
• I like to
    make things
    easy…
•   Cut a hole…
•   4” Diameter
    if using an
    atrium
    grate.
Rainbarrel Construction: How to
get Water OUT
• I told you I
  like to make
  things easy.
• Drill another
  hole…
• ¾” bit if
  using the
  fittings that
  we used.
• Screw in
  fitting using
  silicone to
  seal.
Rainbarrel Construction: What to
do with the EXCESS water.
• Its really
    this easy…
•   Drill
    another
    hole.
•   ¾” apply
    silicone
    and screw
Rainbarrel Tips

• Control Mosquitoes by adding 1tbsp of
  olive oil.
• Fill bottom of barrel with clean limestone
  to add weight and correct pH of water.
• Raise barrel to increase pressure.
• Empty barrel within one week after rain
  event to control mosquitoes.
“This workshop has been partially
funded by the League of Women
Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen
Education Fund under a grant from
the Pennsylvania Department of
Environmental Protection.”
Any Questions?

								
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