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DIY: make your own rain barrel and save liters of water

More than 120 liters of water, that is the amount that we use per person per day. Not nothing. Now there are ways to reduce the number, such as collecting rainwater that you can use for the plants. Gardener Tom shows you how to easily make your own rain barrel. One that is even suitable for the small garden or the balcony. This way you save liters and therefore euros.

A rain barrel in 4 steps

Tom came up with the idea of ​​making a rainwater storage facility from PVC pipes. Tubes of which you can decide for yourself which size you go for. The tube the gardener uses has a diameter of 200 mm.

What do you need

  • PVC tube
  • 2 PVC end caps
  • PVC glue
  • sandpaper
  • rain tap
  • Tie wraps
  • reed mat
  • step drill
  • pruning shears

1: Sand PVC parts

Sand the inside of the end cap and the outside of the tube. This ensures that the glue will adhere better later on.

2: Mount the tap attachment

Because you can still easily reach it now, it is wise to mount the tap right away. Do not place it too low, because it must be able to hold a watering can underneath. Don’t do it too high either, because then you will have less space for storage.

To make the hole, Tom uses an electric step drill. This is a drill that can make holes of different sizes. Measure the size of the tap and make sure the step drill can make a hole the size of this diameter.

Then place the tap and tighten the rubber ring on the back.

3: Glue the parts

The third step is to glue the end cap to the PVC pipe. Tom uses a special PVC glue for this. Grease both the end cap and the outside of the PVC pipe. Despite being a fast-drying adhesive, it takes about 24 to 48 hours to completely dry. So get a night’s sleep before you start using the rain storage.

4: Line the PVC pipe

To give the rainwater storage a more attractive appearance, Tom places a reed mat as covering. Cut the reed fence to the correct width and cut it out with pruning shears. At the place where both ends of the reed mat meet, secure it with tie wraps. Tom places the seam at the height of the hole of the tap, so that he can place it directly without additional steps.

Tom’s tip: connect the rainwater storage with a so-called rainwater dispenser to the downspout that runs along the house. Most rainwater is collected in this way.

This is an article by

Sharmaine Zandbergen

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