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Checklist - Before you set up a rain barrel irrigation system:
Research average monthly rainfall for your area.
Estimate roof area to calculate the amount of runoff you can collect.
Determine the number of rain barrels required to meet irrigation needs.
Determine whether the rain barrel can be gravity fed or requires a pump.
Troubleshoot such potential problems as mosquitoes, leaves, and safety.
Develop winter plan to drain and/or store rain barrels in freezing weather.