Rain Barrels Reduce Pollution and Prevent Flooding!
When heavy rain and snowmelt wash over your yard and pavement, pollutants such as pet waste, fertilizer, pesticides, motor oil and dirt hitch a ride and head for the Huron River through the nearest storm drain. Unfiltered, untreated!
Rain barrels collect rainwater runoff from rooftops and allow you to direct it to gardens and lawns where it can be infiltrated by plants and soil instead of washing over pavement.
Rain barrels also slow the rapid flow of water that enters the Huron during heavy rains, helping to prevent volatile fluctuations that cause erosion.
You Save Water and Money!
Watering your garden and lawn takes up 40% of your household water during the summer. Using water from your rain barrel is free!
HRWC Rain Barrel Distribution
Since 2007 HRWC has sponsored rain barrel sales during which 1,380 60-gallon and 322 65-gallon rain barrels were distributed to watershed residents providing for the potential storage of 103,730 gallons of water each time it rains. HRWC is not currently planning to hold another sale. Please check “Places to Purchase” below.
- HRWC’s Rain Barrel Tips (for the model we sold 2007-2009) teach you how to support, use overflow spouts, store for the winter, prevent mosquitoes and more
- Stormwater Rates and Credit System for Rain Barrels from the City of Ann Arbor
- Rain Barrel Information from the Ecology Action Center
- Important Maintenance Components from the Low Impact Design Center, Inc.
- Winter Tips & Maintenance Information from the City of Duluth and Lake Superior
- Build Your Own Rain Barrel Instructions from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Other Places to Purchase or Build Your Own
- Great Lakes Rain Barrel (2013 H2O Heroes Rain Barrel Sale)
- RainBarrelUSA, Online (the model sold earlier by HRWC)
- Matthaei Botanical Gardens
- Downtown Home & Garden, Ann Arbor
- Bgreen, Ann Arbor
- Washtenaw County Conservation District
Help Create Demand for Rain Barrels
We encourage all watershed residents to use rain barrels and know that they are not as easy to find as we would like. Ask your local hardware retailer to offer them for sale and let them know you’ll be the first buyer.
Know of a good source for rain barrels? Have been using a rain barrel and have some good suggestions? Share your info with us. Send an e-mail to Pam Labadie, HRWC Marketing Director, email@example.com.