Stand Alone Rainwater Harvesting System
The trusty Siphon Hose (or Pump)
by RainSaucers Inc. on February 25th, 2011

Rain barrels usually come with a spigot to get the water out. But sometimes they don't. Say you have a closed 55 gallon drum you got for a few bucks off Craig's List and all it has is two holes in the top, no spigot. And say for whatever reason, you don't have the skill or inclination to install a spigot- what do you do?

One solution we suggest is a siphon device-either pump or hose. As you can see from this video, it requires no skill at all. It also removes the need to put the barrel on blocks. Better yet you can get these easily for less than $10.

This option may be good for some RainSaucers customers because a barrel directly on the ground is less likely to tip over when empty. In that scenario, you can use one hole for your RainSaucer (remember must be NPS fine thread) and the other hole for your siphon hose. If you want to use a siphon pump, you would need to remove the RainSaucer first and then use the siphon pump because the pump is generally too tall to have both. If you live on the West Coast, this is not a problem because the harvesting and use of rainwater are usually at completely different times of the year.


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