Rain Barrels

What is a rain barrel?

A rain barrel is a simple rainwater collector that is connected to the downspouts on your house.

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.

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.


Rain Barrel Workshops
Pierce Conservation District

Local source for rain barrels

King County Yard Talk - Episode 10: "Waterwise Gardening
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
Rain barrels are legal in Washington state.
A photo of rain barrels at a house


  • Reduce pollution to local waterways
  • Reduce runoff from your house
  • Save money on your water bill
  • Solve drainage problems
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