requirements for rain barrels are minimal and consist only of regular
inspection of the unit as a whole and any of its constituent parts and
accessories. The following components should be routinely inspected, at
least twice a year, and either repaired or replaced as needed.1
to ensure that no particulate matter or other parts of the roof are
entering the gutter and downspout to the rain barrel.
to ensure that no leaks or obstructions are occurring.
also to assure that no leaks or obstructions are occurring.
Entrance at rain
to ensure that there are no obstructions and/or leaks occurring.
to check for potential leaks, including barrel top and seal.
Runoff / overflow
to check that overflow is draining in non-erosive manner.
to ensure that it is functioning correctly.
such as rain diverter, soaker hose, linking kit, and additional
Maintenance requirements for cisterns are relatively low if they are
only providing a supplemental supply of irrigation water.
Cisterns designed for drinking water supply have much higher
maintenance requirements, such as biannual testing for water quality
and filtering systems. Cisterns, along with all their
components and accessories, should undergo regular inspection at
least twice a year. Replacement or repair of the unit as a
whole, and any of its constituent parts and accessories should
subsequently be undertaken if needed. Inspection and
maintenance should include the following areas: