My new rain barrel filled to overflowing in less than 20 minutes this afternoon.
Before today’s thunderstorm—a real “gullywasher”—the barrel was about 20-25% full thanks to a brief shower over the weekend. Given the short duration of that rain, I was shocked at how much collected.
Based on the weekend collection, I knew today’s heavy rain would fill the barrel. But I had no idea it would fill so quickly, especially without a gutter.
The water and sewer charges I will save in one month will pay for two barrels. Due to the late spring drought, my mid-May through mid-June water bill topped $116, compared to the usual $33. Almost $90 of that was to the essentially bankrupt Jefferson County Sewer System even though not one drop of the water (over my usual paltry household use) flowed into the sewer system.