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  1. Gutter Filters (LeafFilter.com)
      "Filters, screens, meshes, reverse curves, perforations, louvers, fine screens, slits, slots & combinations of the above have never done what LeafFilter™ can do: Keep ALL the debris out ALL of the time!"

      Awesome Library does not endorse these products but provides them as examples. 09-07

  2. Gutter Materials (GutterSupply.com)
      Compares the strengths and weakness of different materials for gutters, such as vinyl, aluminum, steel, and copper. 09-07

  3. Gutters (Seamless-Gutters.com)
      "Wood, vinyl, aluminum, steel and copper are some of the materials that gutters and downspouts are made of. Wood is the least popular because of it’s high maintenance and price. Vinyl is great for do-it-yourselfers and can be found at home-improvement centers. Aluminum gutters are the most common. Primary aluminum is the thickest and most consistent kind. Avoid secondary aluminum, a recycled product that's often plagued by inconsistent thickness. Metal gutters are made in sheet metal shops and require gutter specialists to install them."

      Awesome Library does not endorse these products but provides them as examples. 09-07

  4. Rain Barrels: Design (Lid-Stormwater.net)
      "For residential applications a typical rain barrel design will include a hole at the top to allow for flow from a downspout, a sealed lid, an overflow pipe and a spigot at or near the bottom of the barrel. The spigot can be left partially open to detain water or closed to fill the barrel. A screen is often included to control mosquitoes and other insects. The water can then be used for lawn and garden watering or other uses such as supplemental domestic water supply. Rain barrels can be connected to provide larger volumes of storage. Larger systems for commercial or industrial use can include pumps and filtration devices." 01-08

  5. Rain Barrels: Size Needed (Rain-Barrel.net)
      "Rain barrels are 50-100 gallon covered plastic tanks with a hole in the top for downspout discharge, an overflow outlet, and a valve and hose adapter at the bottom. They are used almost exclusively on residential properties. Since rain barrels rely on gravity flow, they should be placed near, and slightly higher than, the point of use (whether a garden, flower bed, or lawn.) The overflow outlet should be routed to a dry well, bioretention area, or rain garden. It is important for property owners to use the water in rain barrels on a regular basis, or else they fill up and no additional roof runoff can be stored. It is recommended that each house have at least two rain barrels; a one inch storm produces over 500 gallons of water on a 1000 square foot roof." 01-08

  6. Rain Barrels: Size and Use (Southwest Florida Water Management District)
      "A typical 1/2-inch rainfall will fill a 50- to 55- gallon barrel. Figure about a half gallon of water per square foot of roof area during a 1-inch rainfall. A 2,000-square-foot roof can collect about 1,000 gallons of water (accounting for about 20% loss from evaporation, runoff and splash)." 03-08

Projects
  1. Rain Barrels (RainBarrelGuide.com)
      "To illustrate how important and how limited a resource freshwater is in our world, consider the following. More than 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, but only 2.5% of this supply is considered fresh water. The rest is found in the form of salt water in the oceans. Of the fresh water that exists, most is locked up in glaciers and ice caps. Water can also be found in the form of clouds and humidity in the soil. That leaves us 3/10 of 1 percent found in the form of lakes, rivers and streams. Unfortunately, much of this small amount of freshwater is in danger of drying up through desertification or becoming so contaminated that it cannot be used for human consumption. Changing our habits of water use can help to abate this growing problem." 08-07

Purchase Resources
  1. Flat Rainwater Barrels (RainwaterHog.com)
      "Rainwater HOG tanks are manufactured in the United States of America and Australia and distributed internationally. The innovative space-saving design of HOG modules mean that we can ship them almost anywhere."

      Awesome Library does not endorse these products but provides them as examples. 01-08

  2. Rain Barrels (Rain-Barrel.net)
      "Here is a small capacity (55 gallon) rainwater tank for rainwater collection. It is a tank and diverter system I make for catalog companies but have some overstock."

      Awesome Library does not endorse these products but provides them as examples. 01-08

  3. Rain Barrels (RainSaver.usa)
      "To illustrate how important and how limited a resource freshwater is in our world, consider the following. More than 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, but only 2.5% of this supply is considered fresh water. The rest is found in the form of salt water in the oceans. Of the fresh water that exists, most is locked up in glaciers and ice caps. Water can also be found in the form of clouds and humidity in the soil. That leaves us 3/10 of 1 percent found in the form of lakes, rivers and streams. Unfortunately, much of this small amount of freshwater is in danger of drying up through desertification or becoming so contaminated that it cannot be used for human consumption. Changing our habits of water use can help to abate this growing problem."

      Provides information to compute the yield of rainwater from a roof or other catchment. 08-07

   
   


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