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Re: Storing Rainbarrels

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Storing Rainbarrels
  • From: Daniel Winterbottom nina@u.washington.edu
  • Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 19:37:02 -0700 (PDT)

Jeneva:  The caution to be taken in a rainwater collection system is
similar to an irrigation system.  I'd suggest you drain your harvesting
containers and if the system was properly designed you should be able to
shut off the inlet or bypass the collection container.  The problems occur
when the water in a container freezes and expands,when it has nowhere to
go it will deform or worse break the container.  Even if there is alittle water in the
container it should be able to expand without harming the barrel. If its
full its a different story.
Another option to move to the Carribean where freeze thaw is not an issue!

Good luck

Associate Professor
Daniel Winterbottom Department of Landscape Architecture
University of Washington
Box 355734
Seattle, WA 98195-5734
Phone 206 616 1876
Fax 206 685 4486

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