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Empty Barrels

August 7th, 2008

My rain barrels are empty. We haven’t had any rain here in almost 3 weeks. So how many gallons have I used in the last 3 weeks?

Each one of these hash marks represent 1 fill of my 3 gallon watering can (and there are a few more on there now since I took this photo the other day). There are 117 hash marks x 3 gallons = 351 total gallons of rain water used. I’m sure there were a few times I forgot to notch the board so I could probably add another 20 gallons or so to that number. I’m hoping we get some rain tonight so they fill up again, if not out comes the soaker hoses & the sprinkler.

One Comment to “Empty Barrels”
  1. SJE on December 21, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    How big is your cistern? We got a couple of 80 gallon rain barrels and would have been out of water long ago by your math. We got them from – they have a 214 gallon we are thinking of getting and after seeing this post we just might have to save up to get one!

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