Rain Barrels

What is a rain barrel?

A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from rooftops to use later for lawn and garden watering.

Why should you use a rain barrel?

Rain barrels conserve water and help lower costs.

Rain barrels reduce water pollution by reducing stormwater runoff, which can contain pollutants like fertilizers, oil, grease, bacteria, and pesticides.

Rain barrels are inexpensive and easy to install. 

By collecting and storing rainwater in a homemade rain barrel, we gain a source of free irrigation for our flower beds and landscapes during extended dry spells. A heavy rain shower can yield hundreds of gallons of water off the roof of even the most modest home. For example, a 1,000 sq. ft. roof yields about 625 gallons of water from a rain storm that produces one inch of rain. 

 How To Make A Rain Barrel

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  • Follow water conservation guidelines and ordinances in your community. Even if your water comes from a private well, you are expected to comply.
  • Report water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant sprinklers, abandoned free-flowing wells, etc.) to the property owner, local authorities, or your water management district.
  • Promote water conservation in community newsletters, on bulletin boards, and by example. Encourage your friends, neighbors, and coworkers to be "water smart."
  • Try to do one thing each day that will result in saving water. Every drop counts! 

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Rainbarrels Save Water