It's always a good idea to have fresh water on hand. Here's how to store your own water
- 55-gal. barrel with lid
- 4x4 treated lumber and construction screws or stainless steel lags, if you build a stand to elevate the rain barrel(s)
- 2-in. male threaded electrical (gray PVC) conduit adapter
- 2-in. female threaded electrical (gray PVC) conduit adapter
- Silicone caulk
- Threaded electrical PVC coupler
- Sections of 2-in. PVC pipe
- Unions reducers and valves
Cut Some Holes
Place the drum near a downspout, and drill a hole in the side near the bottom and screw in a drain valve. Use 4x4 treated lumber as a stand and secure everything with construction screws or stainless steel lags. Make sure the stand is securely placed so the barrels don't tip over. Next, cut holes in the bottoms of the barrels with a 2-1/4in hold saw, then screw in a 2-in male threaded conduit adapter and apply silicone caulk around the opening and screw on the coupler to cinch the barrel between the fittings.
Put Things Together
Glue together sections of 2-in pvc pipe, unions, reducers and valves. Also install an overflow pipe so you can redirect the excess. Finally cut a hole in one of the covers and mount a screen to filter out debris. Enjoy!