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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Build a rain barrel with our 55 gallon drums

While BASCO USA's 55 gallon drums are perfect for industrial packaging, they are also great in a smaller at-home setting. Our 55 gallon drums are built to handle anything, whether it is hazardous materials or simply water, so the sky is the limit when it comes to the potential uses for our vast array of container products.

Building a rain barrel is one neat idea for our stainless steel 55 gallon drums. A rain barrel collects and stores excess water and runoff during a storm, and later, you can use that water when it comes time to irrigate your garden. A rain barrel is a particularly good idea if you live in an arid climate, where extended periods without rain can take a toll on the plants and flowers in your yard.

Not only does a rain barrel help conserve natural resources, but it will save you money, too. Instead of paying the utility company every time you water your garden, you can use the free water provided by Mother Nature during a storm by collecting the water in one of our container products. You can use a PVC pipe or hose to direct rainwater from your gutters into the barrel, and before you know it, you will have a 55 gallon drum full of water.

Of course, be sure you are using a new, clean metal pail and not one that may have previously held chemicals, hazardous materials, or anything else that may be harmful to your garden. In addition, we wouldn't recommend drinking or bathing in the water, as it could be contaminated with debris, dirt, and other natural elements found outdoors. Nonetheless, the water you collect will be great for outdoor uses like watering your garden, and your rain barrel (or rain barrels, if you want to set up more than one) will save you money over time. Water isn't the most expensive utility, but free is free, and in this economy, every cent matters!

For more information about our 55 gallon drums, or other useful containers, be sure to check out our full selection of industrial packaging supplies.

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