|What is a Rain Barrel?
A rain barrel is a container that
collects and stores rainwater from downspouts and rooftops for
future use watering lawns and gardens. Generally a rain barrel is
made using a 55-gallon drum, a vinyl garden hose, PVC couplings, a
screen grate to remove debris and keep insects out, and other
materials found at most hardware stores.
Rain barrels can be constructed in a number of ways, but they all
serve the same purpose: to collect rainwater and decrease the amount
of stormwater runoff that leaves your property. Using rain barrels
is one way to decrease your household's impact on local waterways
and to become a good steward of the local watershed.
Why Use Rain Barrels?
Rain barrels redirect water from your roof to
your lawn or garden.
The average rainfall of one inch within a 24-hour period can
produce more than 700 gallons of water that runs off the roof of
a typical house. Much of this water runs from gutters onto
surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground. These
are called impervious surfaces and include concrete, asphalt,
and compacted soil. Even commonly used sod has a very low
infiltration rate and can be a major cause of increased runoff.
Rain barrels irrigate your lawn and garden.
During the summer months it is estimated that nearly 40 percent
of household water is used for lawn and garden maintenance. A
rain barrel collects water and stores it for those times that
you need it most during the dry summer months. Using rain
barrels potentially helps homeowners lower water bills, while
also improving the vitality of plants, flowers, trees, and
is naturally soft and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride,
and other harmful chemicals. The chemicals and hard water from
many of our municipal water systems can add to chemical
imbalances in soil and damage sensitive plants
The LBRWC sells ready-to-use
rain barrels! Contact Us for more
rain barrels made from food grade 55gl plastic barrels (white, but
can be painted).
to build your own rain barrel? Check out
How to Build a Rain
See our Rain
Barrel Variations info about different types of installation
Complement with a Rain Garden:
wonderful way to complement your rain barrel and increase your
property's ability to absorb runoff is through a rain garden.
Rain gardens can be a fun and easy way to learn about beautiful
native plants and also help to improve water quality and reduce
flooding. Rain gardens typically absorb 30 percent more water
than the same size area of lawn, they are drought resistant, and
are less prone to destructive insects and diseases. Rain gardens
create a preferred habitat for birds, butterflies and
dragonflies. These specialty gardens are versatile — they can be
any size or shape, but to maximize their benefit, they should be
built in an existing low spot or near the drainage area of a
all about Rain Gardens through the
10,000 Rain Gardens site!
The LBRWC can design and install
rain gardens! Contact Us for fee