Rain Barrels

I like the idea of rain barrels. Well designed rain barrels can capture roof drainage water. This water can be used for various needs and may save water. Depending upon the composition and condition of the roof and gutter system, such water maybe quite clean.

But most of the rain barrels I see tend to have a large intake port and a small overflow drain. This means that when the rain barrel is full, the overflow is dumped onto the ground next to the foundation and this defeats the purpose of your gutter system.