Pat Shingleton: "Rollll Out the Barrel..."
Years ago, our Dad, re-commissioned an old well and attached a pump to water his garden. Other locations still use the traditional rain barrel. Strategically located near a downspout, the barrel stores rainwater for numerous purposes. Rain barrels in England are called water butts and similar to other barrels, they collect and store rain water runoff from rooftops, gutters and downspouts. Rain barrels assist in water conservation, reducing dependence on water mains. Other examples of rainwater storage uses include washing machines, toilets, car washing and as a water source where supplies are unavailable, expensive or of poor quality. In arid or desert climates, the barrels store water during a rainy season for use during dry weather.