Build a Rainwater Collection System

| 7/24/2013 1:30:00 PM

Tags: rainwater storage, rainwater collection, Instructables,

This DIY rainwater collection system stores five times more water than a typical rain barrel.

Reposted with permission from Instructables.

I recently helped my father install a 275 gallon rainwater collection system.

The system is based on an industrial 275 gallon container known as an IBC. You can buy them used, or if you really look around, you can even find them for free. One problem with typical rain-barrels is that they can only collect 55 gallons. This rain storage container collects five times that volume, while not taking up all that much more space than a single rain barrel.

In my area, you can buy used IBCs through Craigslist for about $85 each. Those come with a metal cage around them that allows them to be stacked.

Instead of buying them, I found a local bottler who throws them out because they are plastic containers without the metal cages. These containers come to the bottler full of 275 gallons of high-fructose corn syrup. I got several containers from them for free, for just the elbow grease of going to pick them up. Some were wrapped in heavy cardboard. I recycled the cardboard into a clubhouse for my little girl.

1/12/2016 6:31:57 PM

Hello, I would like to get 3-4 of these IBC containers for free, if possible. Is there a place in northern California I could contact? Thank you, Michele

3/26/2015 6:28:40 AM

very good article!! helpful

9/28/2013 1:39:40 PM

Great article ben, i'm sure this has help lots of people gain a better understanding of Karen, I can suggest that you line your inlet with slightly polarised mesh... This should solve your problem. :)

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