The University of Arizona

Inexpensive rain gauges constructed from recyclable 2-liter plastic soft drink bottles.

K.J. Wrage, F.R. Gartner, J.L. Butler


A large number of inexpensive rain gauges were required for a study currently being conducted in the Black Hills of South Dakota. A gauge utilizing discarded 2-liter plastic soft drink bottles was designed and constructed at very low cost. Assembly took less than 5 minutes per gauge and required minimal equipment. The gauges have been in use for 1 growing season and have provided accurate, reliable data.


rain gauges;containers;rain;South Dakota

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