The City Rain Barrel Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Will mosquitoes pose a problem?

No, the corrosion proof dual intake screen on RainSaver 54 are designed to filter organic debris and prevent insect entry. The 3" stainless steel mesh screened Inlet and Overflow Assembly on the 100, 150, 250 & 500 provide the same insect prevention.

 

How do I install my Rain Barrel?

Your rain barrel requires a solid, level base to rest on. It is important to remember that water weights 8.3lbs per gallon. Your base will need to be at least as wide as the bottom of the rain barrel.

The base can be made out of concrete blocks or for a more decorative look, with landscaping stones and filled with fine gravel that is able to be packed and made level. Also, water pressure will increase by .433 P.S.I. for every foot of elevation. If fine gravel is used, it's very important to have a border made of stone or other material to contain your gravel. Uncontained gravel can become unlevel over time as water run-off on your property can wash away fine gravel. 

 

Where can I install my Rainwater Harvesting Tank?

You can install your Rainwater Harvesting Tank anywhere you have a downspout. We recommend

checking with your HOA for any restrictions on placement, design, or color they might have. However,

Texas legislation Property Code Sec. 202.007 states:

"A property owners' association may not include or enforce a provision in a dedicatory instrument that

prohibits or restricts a property owner from:(1) implementing measures promoting solid‐waste

composting of vegetation, including grass clippings, leaves, or brush, or leaving grass clippings

uncollected on grass;(2) installing rain barrels or a rainwater harvesting system; or(3) implementing

efficient irrigation systems, including underground drip or other drip systems."

 

**Please note that if you are outside of Texas, please check with your state property laws.

 

Can I run a drip irrigation system?

Yes, you can run a drip irrigation system from your rain barrel if you use the correct type of emitters. Flag emitters work best with gravity fed systems. Water pressure will increase by .433 P.S.I. for every foot of elevation. Basic Drip irrigation supplies are available at Lowes, Home Depot or your local irrigation supply store. 

 

Can I install multiple rain barrels?

Yes, this is referred to as "daisy chaining".

Depending on your location, one heavy storm could easily fill a single rain barrel, causing excess rainwater to drain out from the Overflow. You can link multiple Rain Barrels in series using a combination of a Downspout Diverter System, Diverter Selector Valve, and Overflow “T” Connector. If you plan to chain multiple RainSaver's together, this is one of the better Rain Barrels on the market to do so as it has a 1.25" Overflow. 

 

What does the warranty cover?

The RainSaver 54 are guaranteed against any manufacturing flaws evident upon purchase or discovered after use. If there are any defects that are the result of manufacturer's workmanship, we will replace damaged components or the entire RainSaver.

(This complete product guarantee remains in effect for 365 days from the purchase of the RainSaver 54.) Proof of damage (photo or digital photo) or return of product/component itself may be required for replacement.

The 100, 150 & 250 gallon Rainwater Harvesting Tanks comes with a 5‐year warranty from the pick up date. If a defect in workmanship appears within the 5‐year warranty period, the City Rain Barrel Program will supply a new, equivalent Rainwater Tank in replacement of the defective one. The City Rain Barrel Program is liable for the value of the Rainwater Tank itself and specifically excludes the cost of labor for installation and/or removal of personal property. We are also not liable for personal/property damages. The warranty covers manufacturer defects only. The City Rain Barrel Program is not liable for Rainwater Tank failure if the Rainwater Tank is damaged by the customer. The City Rain Barrel Program's Rainwater Tanks are for water applications only. Painting or any other major structural changes made to the Rainwater Tank voids warranty.

 

What type of vehicle is needed to pick up my Rain Barrel?

Any sized truck bed can fit one or several rain barrels. Most vans, large SUV's or hatched back cars with a removable or fold down back seats will have enough room for a rain barrel or two. Keep in mind the dimensions are 23”W x 36”H (RainSaver 54), 30"W x 42"H (100 Gallon), 30"W x 50"H (125 Gallon), 30"W x 58"H (150 Gallon) and 36"W x 67'H (250 Gallon). You might want to take a measurement before the pick-up date to make sure your planned pick-up vehicle is big enough. Very important! Please make sure to bring a rope or some sort of strapping device in case you need to secure down your Rain Barrel/Rainwater Tank when transporting it home. 

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