With more municipalities enforcing watering restrictions upon homeowners, rain
barrels are gaining popularity at a rapid rate.  Gone are the days of consumers
having to rig their own barrel to capture the rain.  Whilst makeshift barrels are still
an option, decorative rain barrels are springing up in garden centers everywhere.  
Aquascape by Blue Creek is proud to offer Aquascape’s new RainXchange™ Rain
Barrel, which is an introductory option for consumers looking to get started with
rainwater harvesting.  The attractive design is an aesthetic option for stormwater
management over traditional rain barrels that tend to be an eyesore in the
landscape.

What Are Rain Barrels?

A rain barrel is any above ground container modified to receive, store, and
distribute rooftop runoff for non-drinking uses.  The typical size of a rain barrel is 55
- 75 gallons.  The main components of a rain barrel are a connection to the
downspout, a filter to prevent mosquitoes from entering, a faucet to allow for
regulated usage, and an overflow pipe to divert the excess water.  The majority of
rain barrels capture about 50 gallons of rain, but Aquascape’s new RainXchange™
Rain Barrel holds 75 gallons of harvested rain before filling up.   In the event the
barrel fills completely, a handy, internal overflow system has been incorporated to
direct water away from the house during heavy rainfalls.

Not only do watering restrictions not apply to rain barrels, but many municipalities
currently offer rebate programs for rain barrels, making them even more attractive
to your customers.  To find rebate programs in your area, simply visit
www.
rainxchange.com/opportunities/by_state.php, or contact your city or county official.
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What Are The Benefits of Rain Barrels?

* Rain water is naturally soft, oxygenated, and more acidic than tap water.
* Rain water is free of chlorine, fluoride, salts, and other minerals from tap water.
* Saves water for dry spells.
* Reduces runoff and storm water pollution.
* Can reduce your water bill, especially in the summer.

How Can The Water Collected Be Used?

The rainwater collected can be used to water lawns and gardens or wash cars and
bicycles.  Rainwater collected within the barrel is safe for plants because the typical
minerals and pollutants trapped in the rainwater are filtered out by plant roots.
Rainwater collected in the rain barrel is not for drinking; rainwater is more acidic
than tap water and may contain particulate matter from air pollution.

In the summer, lawn and garden watering account for 40% of average household
water usage. By adding a rain barrel, the need for municipal water is reduced.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, a rain barrel can potentially
save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer
months.

Since only a ½ inch rainfall on a 160 square foot roof will fill a 55 gallon rain barrel,
some people choose to get a tandem barrel (2 barrels at 1 downspout) or another
barrel at a different downspout.

PRODUCT FEATURES

*
LARGE 75-gallon capacity!
* 5-year warranty
* Requires no electricity
* Large safety overflow keeps water in the barrel or away from the house
* Lid can also be used as a planter
* Thick plastic walls are durable and will withstand extreme conditions
* Childproof lockable lid
* Brass spigot for garden hose connection
* Made in the U.S.A.

PRODUCT BENEFITS

*
It’s SIMPLE. The RainXchange™ Rain Barrel can be incorporated into existing
gutter and drainage systems.
* It’s RESPONSIBLE. Water restrictions do not apply to rain barrels. Storing rain
water allows you to keep gardens growing during watering restrictions and
reduce the burden for municipal water.
* It’s BENEFICIAL. Rain water is better for plants than municipally treated water.
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