Stand Alone Rainwater Harvesting System
Rain Barrel Faucet Alternatives
by RainSaucers Inc. on June 1st, 2012

A lot of our customers these days seem to be folks who are seeking out simplicity when it comes to collecting rain for their garden. In other words, they want a rain barrel but find the whole downspout hookup process too much of a hassle. They are inclined to buy barrels with faucets already in them. But it is worth noting that there are two potentially cheaper and easier alternatives to installing a faucet:

The first is the trusty siphon pump which we've posted about before. Siphon pumps work best when you can take advantage of siphon action to auto-fill your watering cans. In our experience siphon action can make a pump work just as fast as a faucet for the same price with virtually no installation. 

The second is the use of an open top barrel with a wide mouth. This allows the user to remove the lid and stick a watering can inside to fill with water. Use of this method is ideal when you have two barrels so that one is harvesting rain while the other is being used to fill watering cans. This method costs nothing but means you should probably have two smaller barrels, instead of one larger one which may ultimately be a tad more expensive.


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