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A rain barrel collects rain water from your roof and holds if for use in your garden or lawn. Collection of the roof runoff reduces the amount of stormwater flowing on your property. Properly installed and maintained, a rain barrel is a great way to conserve water and maintain outdoor plants. It is important to ensure that a rain barrel does not overflow and damage your foundation.
Your 208 litre/55 gallon rain barrel is made of recycled plastic. It should come with a removable lid, brass tap, overflow tube and hose clamp. The lid should have a steel screen to keep debris out.
If you need more capacity, you can connect barrels together using the overflow tube, a short section of rubber tubing or a garden hose.
Collected rain water is not potable water. Never drink or ingest standing water that has been collected in a rain barrel. This water may become stagnant or contaminated, and is not fit for human or animal consumption.
In preparation for winter, drain your barrel and store it upside down in a shed or garage.
If the barrel is left outside during the winter and exposed to the elements, the plastic may crack.