Rain Barrels

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Did you know?
The average 2,000-square-foot roof generates about 30,000 gallons of runoff per year. You can capture that rainwater and re-use it.
How to Make a Rain Barrel
What is a rain barrel?

A rain barrel is a simple rainwater collector that is connected to the downspouts on your house. Instead of gutters sending water to the ground near your house or into the storm drainage system, the downspouts are connected to a large barrel that stores some of the runoff water from your roof for later use, such as watering your lawn, garden and potted plants.
  • Reduce pollution to local waterways
  • Reduce runoff from your house
  • Save money on your water bill
  • Solve drainage problems

Rain Barrel Handout:

Rain Barrel Handout

Rain Barrel Resources:

  • Episode 10: "Waterwise Gardening" - King County Yard Talk. Make the most of every drop of water in your yard. This episode covers drought-tolerant landscaping, using cisterns and rain barrels and smart watering techniques.
  • Legalizing Your Rain Barrel After years of legal limbo, rain barrels are now OK in Washington state.
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Mike Halliday
Public Information Specialist
Phone: (253) 798-4210
Fax: (253) 798-7709
7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Mailing Address:
2702 S 42nd St, Ste 201
Tacoma, WA 98409-7322