From Importing Olives to Rain Water Reuse

The Great American Rain Barrel Company Promotes Water Conservation

By Megan Webb

At last month’s New England Water Works Association’s (NEWWA) Spring Exhibition and Conference in Worcester, Mass., we came across a fantastic ecologically friendly company making strides in water conservation and reuse—The Great American Rain Barrel Company.

The Massachusetts-based company provides 60-gallon rain barrels for rainwater collection and domestic reuse like watering the lawn and garden, washing your car, topping off your pool, among other things.

Even more unique, the barrels are originally used to import and sometimes even to cure olives from Spain. Instead of merely importing the olives and then disposing of the barrels to rot away in a landfill somewhere, company owner Suzanne Gebelein with the help of her husband George and two local school teachers formed The Great American Rain Barrel Company to repurpose Suzanne’s olive barrels for rainwater collection.

With the increasing strain on our Earth’s natural resources, rainwater collection has become a popular way to limit your burden on the local water system while saving you money.

According to The Great American Rain Barrel Company Web site, “Residential irrigation can account for nearly 60 percent of all domestic water consumption. In addition, runoff is also a problem for the environment as it reduces ground saturation. In watershed areas, run off from homes and developments can become a pollutant to existing water sources.”

At 60 gallons, The Great American Rain Barrel Company’s rain barrels are among the highest capacity rain barrels available today. The barrels are 39-inches high, 24-inches wide, and are built with a 3/16-inch wall thickness offering a heavy duty, durable rain barrel that will last virtually forever.

Each UV protected polyethylene rain barrel also comes complete with an overflow fitting, drain plug, screw on cover, a threaded spigot, and are available in Earth Brown, Nantucket Gray, Forest Green and Unpainted.

The Great American Rain Barrel Company Rain Barrels, Photo Credit: The Great American Rain Barrel Web site

The Great American Rain Barrel Company Rain Barrels, Photo Credit: The Great American Rain Barrel Web site

The company also offers the Save The Rain Diverter that channels water directly into your barrel or redirects water away from your house to stop basement flooding.

For more information about The Great American Rain Barrel Company visit its Web site at www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com.

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