As of 6 p.m. yesterday, Savannah was about 7 inches below the normal yearly precipitation level, so I’m thankful for overnight soaking. The welcome sound of rain hitting my roof reminded me of a household project I’ve been considering for the last year or so: installing rain barrels for use in residential irrigation.
It’s difficult to determine the popularity of rain barrels in Savannah, as they may hidden by landscaping or fencing. In fact, the only rain barrels I’ve seen “in the wild” are situated on the north side of Charles Ellis Montessori School. I’m not aware of any local rain barrel vendors, but they are available at many online retailers including Clean Air Gardening, Rain Barrels and More and GREENCulture.
I’d like to try to make my own, following instructions from the Internet. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find a local source of food grade 55-gallon plastic barrels (with lids). Anyone know where I could score some at low cost or for free? Is anyone else in Savannah currently using store-bought or homemade rain barrels on their properties? I’d appreciate any advice veteran rain catchers might offer.
Image Source: Low Impact Development Center.