Big Bubba in the Joyce Oroz

Top 5 Reasons to Harvest Rainwater!
Protect our rivers and streams from runoff
Divert water from the municipal storm
drain system
Conserve this vital natural resource and
reduce your water bills
Use the rain water to grow healthy and
lush plants
Control moisture levels around the
foundation of your home
Keep emergency water on hand
Last year I decided we
should install a rain barrel in our backyard because I thought it was a cool
idea. Being a lucky person, I turned out to be right. Our Big Bubba water tank
holds 550 gallons of rain water, straight from the roof-gutter of an out-building. I
turn the red lever at the bottom of the tank and the water is fee to move
through one hundred feet of hose, down a slope to my precious plants.
My husband and I installed
the tank ourselves through trial and error—or you can follow the easy
instructions when you buy the tank. There is a big hole in the top (with a screw-on
cover) so you can look inside and see the water level. A little further down is
the inflow port and the overflow port so you can direct excess water somewhere else—maybe another
storage tank. At the bottom is an outlet hole where you hook up a hose. It’s
all very simple, especially if you are of the male gender. For other genders, the rain tanks and barrels come in many sizes and colors. If you like this
idea, please let me know.


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