My goal was to create a modular barrel system that was first and foremost, CHEAP. I was inspired by a couple of other great rainwater reclamation systems here and felt I could put a different spin on the process.
This project came in at 220 gallons of water storage for less than 30 bucks a barrel. Everything was purchased via 'the bay' or 'home despot' except the barrels which I found on 'cragg's last'.
at the end I'll review some changes I'd make if I had it to do over again- but they're working great here in the wet N. Texas.
Step 1: Ingredients:
My list of materials:
4 55 gallon blue barrels (for the love of god make sure they're food grade, otherwise prepare to water your lovely garden with acetone, gasoline, or any of a dozen other lovely chemicals).
4 2 inch through-hull connectors- I'll discuss these lovely widgets later on.
2 threaded 2in PVC connectors (overflow)
18in of 2in ID (inside diameter) flexible hose (this stuff is big $$!)
2 standard threaded brass hose bibbs (connector thingies for garden hose- mine were 1/2in on the hose side and 3/4in on the 'connect to barrel' side).
2 4in drain hole covers
Dremel plastic/wood cutting bit for smoothing or widening holes in the barrel