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50 Gallon Collapsible Rain Barrel for $34.99 + free shipping

$40 for a similar one on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Rain-Barrel-Collapsible-Zippered-Built-In/...

Collect and Use Pure Rain Water!
Water plants without the faucet. The collapsible rain barrel is a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly way to water a garden, potted plants or outdoor flowers without running up the energy bill. Simply set beneath a downspout to capture 50-gallons of nature's purest water - no minerals, chemicals or sediment. Zippered top opening is handy for scooping water with bucket or watering can. Connect hose to built-in tap for watering and draining ease. Collapses for off-season storage. The Nylon mesh screen keeps leaves and debris from getting into barrel and you can use the bottom tap to fill pet's bowl!

• Cost-effective, environmentally-friendly
•Set beneath a downspout to capture 50-gallons of nature's purest water
•Zippered top opening
•Collapses for off-season storage
•Four sturdy metal legs with non-slip feet
• Durable 3 layer resin construction Measurements: 28"high x 24"diameter

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I got the larger version of this rain barrel last summer and although it seems less than sturdy, it has held up better than I expected. I intended to drain it and clean it for winter storage but never did. We didn't experience many sub-freezing nights this winter, thankfully. When I went to use the water a month or so ago, there was some growth along the water line (white "vegetation", not black mold) which I need to clean out. Mine is sitting under a corner of my metal roof, with no downspout, and fills up with just a few hours light rain, or in minutes with heavy rain! I never use the spigot, I just dip a pitcher in to water my plants. We live in a rainy area so it's rarely below 2/3 full. In the warmer months I put in a mosquito dunk on occasion, but haven't noticed a problem.

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