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.