It’s interesting to think about all the water we use on a daily basis and why we should learn how to turn rain into usable water. I’m not talking about turning the water into a drinkable source for the family but I am referring to using the water around the homestead. That’s why we thought it was important to learn How to Turn Rain Water into Usable Water .
The United States Geological Survey states that on average, a person uses 80-100 gallons of water per day. Want to guess what is the largest users of water in the house? The toilet and shower/bath…I can vouch for that in my house. With two “tweens” and a husband who likes to take multiple baths each day, it’s not surprising.
We have always collected water in rain barrels but have never really had a purpose for the collection (other than collecting mosquitoes)! After we built our chicken coop we decided it would be a perfect time to put our rain barrels to work for us. We wanted to turn rain water into usable water!
Over 10 years ago my husband acquired five plastic barrels from a co-worker. They were clean and ready to be re-purposed. So, those barrels lived on the edge of our building, collecting rain off the roof for all those years. Then we decided to turn that rain water into usable water.
How to Turn Rain Water into Usable Water – Supplies
Before the barrels were retrofitted we built a rack to hold the barrels high enough to fill a 5-gallon bucket. This would make it easy to access the water because we could take advantage of gravity and it would especially help with the watering bucket for the chickens.
My husband researched multiple ways to convert the barrels and decided to put water valves on each barrel in order to access the water. He drilled a hole in each barrel near the bottom, on the side. The male and female coupling were added on both sides of the hole with a rubber washer on the inside of the barrel.
He then added the valves to each barrel.
He then decided it would work best to hook all the pipes together thus the water could be equally used from each barrel and help with the water pressure.
The water system turned out great and has worked like a charm because we don’t have to carry water from the house. This “How to Turn Rain Water into Usable Water” post is an easy project for any homestead. The day after we finished the project, it began to rain so the barrels started filling up quick!