Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Rain Barrels are the next step in recycling and a key component to creating a sustainable lifestyle. Used to supplement city water for irrigation as well as other uses rain barrels have been proven to save as much as 60% on an average water bill. Along with cost savings rain barrels are an affordable way for homeowners to reduce pollutants from storm water run off, such as nitrogen from fertilizers, which contaminant our fragile waterways and oceans.
As our population continues to grow so does the prolonged drought in our state according to the South Carolina Department of Natural resources: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/water/climate/sco/Drought/drought_current_info.php
It's critical that every citizen to do his or her part to conserve water. One of the easiest and least costly ways is harvesting rain with rain barrels. The technology is ancient, it's proven and it's fun. Just one inch of rainfall produces 600 gallons of runoff per 1,000 square feet of roof! It's easy to see that with one normal rain event the average home can capture enough rainfall to pay for the barrels in no time.
Our rain barrels are reclaimed grade A+ food barrels made from recycled plastics and saved from the landfill. Because they have been working hard in a previous life they may contain some minor scuffing and scratches but these do not effect the performance of the barrel. These marks are just a reminder that we don't have to live in a "throw away society". Our barrels have been fitted with industrial grade plumbing fittings: spigot, overflow spouts and caps and with reclaimed UV protected heavy duty shade cloth to keep mosquitoes and debris out. Our barrels are designed to handle thousands of gallons of rainwater in their lifetime and require little to no maintenance at all.
Cloudstream Water Harvesting Group is a Water Efficiency Contractor (WEC) serving commercial, residential and governmental sectors. Cloudstream can present immediate water and cost savings through the use of proven water engineering practices. Our company designs, constructs and maintains turnkey Rain Water and Gray Water harvesting systems for existing structures as well as new development. Additionally Cloudstream conducts comprehensive water auditing and offers consultation services on water usage, water efficiency, storm water management.