Did You Know: 675 gallons of storm water run off a 1000 square foot roof for every one inch of rain. Only 0.01% of the Earth's water is fresh surface water contained in lakes, streams and rivers. On average an individual living in the United States uses 154 gallons of water daily.* People in Germany on average use 50 gallons of water daily.* People in the United Kingdom on average use 39 gallons of water daily.*
Rain Barrel Workshop
A great way to conserve water is to use rain barrels to irrigate your garden beds. At the Agni Instittue we hold rain barrel making workshops and offer free instructions online. Participants make a rain barrel and take the rain barrel home to install under a down spout next to your house.
Hundreds of gallons of storm water run off a roof with each inch of rain. The storm water caught in the rain barrels (often called gray* water) is for irrigation purposes only. The average American uses thirty percent of water for outdoor use. To learn more about water use EPA Watersense By using rain barrels, you can save on your city water use costs. Conserve municipal and well water supplies for potable** use...make a rain barrel!
*What is gray water? Untreated water that is not potable in other words not drinkable.
**What is potable water? Drinkable (often referred to as treated water)
Contact us today, if you would like to hold a rain barrel workshop in your area. We will need to identify a source for barrels in your area before we can schedule a workshop.
Resources on How to Make a Rain Barrel
Here you find a full set of written instructions on how to make a rain barrel. Click here for a pdf file of instructions.
The following is a full length video of step by step instructions on how to make a rain barrel using a barrel with a fixed lid. If you have a barrel with a removable lid, just skip over the part where the instructor cuts a hole in the top of the barrel. If you have any questions shoot us an email.
Watch a rain barrel video, here.
*Water use figures are from UN Development Program 2006 Human Development Report. Beyond Scarcity: Power Poverty and the Global Water Crisis.