About Rain Barrels

What's a "rain barrel"? 

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. 
Usually a rain barrel is composed of a 55 gallon drum, a vinyl hose, PVC couplings, a screen grate to keep debris and insects out, and other off-the-shelf items, 

A rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under any residential gutter down spout.
Why should I want one?

Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need it most -- during periods of drought -- to water plants, wash your car, or to top a swimming pool. It provides an ample supply of free "soft water" to homeowners, containing no chlorine, lime or calcium making it ideal for gardens, flower pots, and car and window washing.

Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need it most -- during periods of drought -- to water plants, wash your car, or to top a swimming pool. It provides an ample supply of free "soft water" to homeowners, containing no chlorine, lime or calcium making it ideal for gardens, flower pots, and car and window washing.

A rain barrel used to collect rooftop runoff using a gutter / downspout system
will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy (decreased demand for treated tap water). Diverting water from storm drains also decreases the impact of runoff to streams. Therefore, a rain barrel is an easy way for you to have a consistent supply of clean, fresh water for outdoor use, FREE.

Ok! What do I have to do to get my own rain barrel?
  • Register for the workshop on June 20th, and tell us how many rain barrels you want to build.
  • Experienced staff from Blue Water Baltimore will give you hands-on instruction in how to do it. 
  • All tools and materials are provided. 
  • There is a $25 fee per rain barrel. This is an AMAZING discount over the usual charge of $65 and available only for this workshop. 
  • Building a rain barrel, by the way, is a GREAT activity for families to do together!
If you need more information or have trouble registering online, call the HPCA hotline -- 443-982-3422 -- and leave a message. 

You can also call Manon Schladen, chair of HPCA's Committee on Parks and the Environment for help. 202-302-1931.


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