How to Ensure Your Rain Barrel Has Enough Water Pressure


| 1/30/2018 12:01:00 PM


Tags: rain barrel, garden irrigation, Bryan Traficante,

Rain Barrel Elevation PSI 

One of the most overlooked aspects of using collected rainwater is the amount of water pressure it requires to successfully feed from the barrel to a garden’s irrigation system. We are often concerned mostly with collecting the water, its cleanliness, and installing the collection/distribution system, that it’s easy to overlook the water movement. It’s not entirely our fault; we are accustomed to faucets that provide pressurized water practically everywhere in the U.S.

Collecting rainwater to water your garden is a capital idea. It’s affordable, practical, and a critical practice for those who experience annual, long-term droughts. Before buying a rain barrel, let’s look at a few important tips.

Collecting Rainwater: What Type of Barrel

First, you need a rain barrel. To be safer and ensure the water isn’t polluted by the material, find a food safe barrel. These are made from dense polyethylene, which has been deemed safe by the FDA. Containers made of other materials, like wood or metal, can be used but are more prone (depending upon the material) to rot and rust. Often a rain barrel will have a polyethylene core and wood/metal exterior for visual appeal and personal style.

The barrel should also be on the larger side; at least 50 gallons. This is for multiple reasons:



The higher the water level in a rain barrel the incrementally higher the pressure (we’ll explain this more in detail).

PJ
2/27/2018 8:57:58 PM

Too bad that there are not Taller pedestals, or mounts that enable mounting the rainbarrel closer to the gutter.


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