I like unique rain barrels. I particularly like ones with taps above as well as below. The article is strictly about aesthetic rain barrel design & doesn't actually address this rain barrel and whether it is functional or not.
This is great since we don't have any outdoor hose hookups! How to Build a Rain Barrel. A dual barrel system that uses atmospheric pressure to equalize the water volume in both rain barrels. Use the water from your rain barrels to water your plants.