Each rain barrel comes with a brass spigot, two overflow valves that can be used to connect additional barrels, and a screen to keep out debris and insects.
Other rain barrel features include:
• Instructions for easy installation (minimum assembly required).
• High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) construction.
• Standard garden hose fittings (no special hoses required).
• Low-mounted brass faucet that drains most of the barrel. It is recommended to install your rain barrel on a level, raised surface.
• Lids that can be secured for safety, which are highly recommended for the safety of children and pets.
• Concave lids, which channel rain to the center.
• Dark green coloring, which blocks sunlight and prohibits the growth of algae.
• Overflow ports that direct water to nearby shrubbery areas.
Rain barrels are an increasingly popular water conservation tool. They collect runoff from rooftops for irrigation and other non-potable uses. A quarter-inch of rainfall provides enough runoff from the average roof to fill a typical rain barrel.
Rain water can be used to irrigate outdoor and indoor plants, including vegetables and fruit trees, and for such purposes as refilling birdbaths. However, rain water should not be used for human consumption.
Collecting rain to water landscapes and gardens increases the amount of treated water that is available for drinking, cooking and bathing. Rainwater harvesting also helps reduce utility bills.
Area residents may buy rain barrels with cash, check or credit card at the Wake Forest Town Hall, which is at 301 S. Brooks Street.
As a special service for Town of Wake Forest electric and/or sanitation customers only, the town will deliver the rain barrels at no additional cost. Area residents who are not electric and/or sanitation customers may pick up their rain barrel at the Wake Forest Operations Center at 234 Friendship Chapel Road.