Water Conservation Devices
Save water in your home by installing low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators and low-flow toilets.
Free Water Conservation Kits are available to customers of the Western Virginia Water Authority
To purchase low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators and other water conservation devices for your home, inquire at your local hardware store. You can also consult the Web sites of conservation products companies, such as the ones below. These links are provided for information only. The Western Virginia Water Authority does not endorse any particular vendor or manufacturer.
WHY USE A RAIN BARREL?
A rain barrel is a very simple storage system that is connected to a downspout from a house or building. The purpose of the barrel is to collect and store rooftop runoff that would normally be diverted into storm drains, or lost as runoff. The rain barrel can be purchased as a pre-assembled unit, or built from scratch requiring minimal equipment, tools, or technical knowledge.
Rain barrel systems can be tailored to fit your needs; they may consist of one or several storage barrels depending on your desired storage volume. Most systems are designed with an overflow device to minimize maintenance. The overflow can be directed to a desired location by means of a hose, or be reintroduced into the existing downspout.
Most barrels are fully enclosed, or at least covered by some type of screening mechanism to keep out debris, bugs, pets, and children.
Lawn and garden watering account for approximately 40 percent of the total household water used during the summer. Whether you build your own, or buy a pre-assembled model from one of many manufacturers, rain barrels can be a simple and inexpensive way to conserve water. As little as a 1/4 inch of rainfall runoff from the average roof will completely fill a typical barrel. Collection of water from rooftop runoff can provide an ample supply of free water perfect for watering your lawn and garden. By installing and using a rain barrel you can lower your water bill, and store rainwater to be used during times of extreme dry weather or drought when water restrictions are in place.
HOW DOES A RAIN BARREL WORK?
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE A RAIN BARREL & HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?
One inch of rain on a 1000 sq. ft. roof yields 625 gallons of water. To calculate the yield of your roof, multiply the square footage of your roof by 625 and divide by 1000. You can also use this simple formula to calculate the yield of your roof with different amounts of rainfall.