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Friday, June 29, 2012

Rain Chain Green

With a dry, hot summer, we anticipate our water bills will soar. Short of doing rain dances, there doesn't seem to be much we can do to keep our gardens watered and soil moist. Years ago, the Japanese culture used a simple and beautiful type of rain catcher, the rain chain.

Rain chains attach to the gutter and collect and redirect the rain water to a collection basin or bucket. Unlike gutters, the chains are aesthetic as well as melodic.

There are a variety of styles and finishes to suit any outdoor decor and rain chains do not require any special installation or rerouting of gutters. Instead, with a specially designed kit, the water is funneled through the downspout hole mounted on the gutter to guide the rain water efficiently to the chain.

Rain chains direct the water into a chosen storage basin or barrel, which can be as decorative or functional as desired. The stored water then can be saved for dry spells without adding to a water bill. Rain chains are a beautiful alternative to traditional, closed gutter downspouts that guide the water from the roof to a collection point. They are a great way to utilize rain water naturally for use in the yard.

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