My last post about the shower water to the barrel ended with the hose at the eaves of the house. We have threaded the hose through the ficus tree to reach the barrel top. As a side note, we placed the barrel under the tree, in between the tree and the block wall to shade it as much as possible.
Now, every time we pull the shower head diverter, the water travels to the barrel instead of down the drain. Big woo hoo for sustainability! The barrel is also placed up on a stand so the water can flow via gravity to the planter beds.
At the bottom of the barrel, we installed a spigot with a T-connection. The larger drip irrigation hose is connected to each side of the T with an in-line shut-off valve.
As soon as the micro-pipe is connected, the collected water can be used to water the two planter beds. With this, the construction and infrastructure is in place to support our success in this grand experiment