||Aquabarrel designed this residential installation in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Average annual rainfall for this area is 44", with each rain event yielding about 1".|
The purpose of this residential installation was to provide supplemental water for irrigation of plants both inside and outside the home, redirection of stormwater water runoff, and reduce erosion caused from the velocity of the rain water from a 40' vertical drop.
The residence is a typical 20 foot wide townhome in a suburban location, with 400 square feet of asphalt shingle. No gutter covers were installed as there are no trees or other deciduous plantings overhanging the roof.
One 80 gallon Aqaubarrel rain barrel was used for the containment of nearly one third of each rain event. A Flex-A-Spout hose was used to bring the downspout over to the inlet. Aquabarrel's Barrel Topper debris filter was installed at the inlet to capture any large particulate matter such as asphalt granuales. Aquabarrel's 4inch diameter Flex-Drain was attached to the outlet and directed more than eight feet away from the foundation of the home. To ensure the gravity fed unit could deliver water to the furthest point in the yard, the 80 gallon Aquabarrel "Abe" was supported on concrete blocks at an elevation of about 12 inches above grade level.
The average homeowner can install a unit in less than an hour with common hand tools. For more information, contact Aquabarrel.