Our rain barrel collection systems allow us to collect more than 1,000 gallons of water during a rainfall in more than 600 of that into tanks that we can redirect into places in our garden. In this video I show you our different rain collection systems including an IBC Tote and a rain barrel we purchased from Wayfair.
About IBC Totes
An IBC tote is a large, heavy-duty container used for storing and transporting liquids. They are often used for industrial applications, such as storing chemicals or oil. But they can also be used for more mundane purposes, like storing rainwater or holding potable water for an emergency supply. So, how much water does an IBC tote hold? The answer depends on the size of the tote. A standard IBC tote holds 1,000 liters (264 gallons), but there are also larger totes that can hold up to 2,500 liters (660 gallons). That’s a lot of water! And it’s why IBC totes are such popular choices for those looking for a reliable way to store large quantities of water.
Is it illegal to collect rainwater?
It’s a common misconception that it’s illegal to collect rainwater. In reality, there is no federal law against rainwater harvesting. However, some states do have laws regulating rainwater collection, so it’s important to check the regulations in your state before starting a rainwater harvesting system. While rainwater harvesting is a great way to conserve water and reduce your water bill, there are some potential drawbacks to consider. For example, rainwater can contain pollutants from the atmosphere, so it’s important to filter rainwater before using it for drinking or irrigation. Additionally, rainwater storage tanks can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes if they’re not maintained properly. Despite these potential challenges, rainwater harvesting is a great way to use one of nature’s most abundant resources.
Products referred to in the video
IBC Tote Rain Barrel Screen
Similar shut-off valve
Gutter diverter used with Wayfair Rain Barrel
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About Michelle in the Meadow
I am a suburban gardener located in zone 9A in Northeast Florida. I started growing in this suburban lot in 2019 and have expanded the garden every year. In 2020 I started making Facebook Videos about the garden, and in 2022 created this YouTube channel. I enjoy making content about my garden, what I’m learning, and from time to time the general vlog, too.
About our Garden:
We have a 300+ day growing season in our area. We are currently growing in many raised garden beds of various sizes. Along both sides of the house, in grow bags, in the ground, in Greenstalk vertical planters, and pots on the patio.
Michelle in the Meadow YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbUGYMmjynlYUxC_-Mz5Kng
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/michelleinthemeadow
Vego vs Birdies Video Playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlFCKM1rTPP4ITKEgIAyP_CMThasAxYS9