Benefits of a Rain Barrel

Why use a rain barrel?

  • The water is free, which saves you money on your monthly water bill.
  • It decreases the amount of drinkable, treated water used for outdoor watering.
  • It reduces the energy used to pump and treat drinking water.
  • It reduces the demand on the water treatment facilities.
  • Rain water is soft and non-chlorinated, which can stimulate plant growth and make soil healthier.
  • It’s an easy way to conserve water, one of our most precious resources, and protect the environment.
  • Rain water available to homeowners when treated water restrictions are in place.

How much rain can I collect?

A typical house has a roof area of 1,200 square feet and four down-spouts that will each drain about 300 square feet of roof. That means a rainfall of 0.3 inches will fill a 55-gallon rain barrel placed under each down-spout.