Maximize Your Water Savings with a Rain Barrel

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The cost of watering your yard can account for 30 per cent of your annual water bill. Using a rain barrel helps you conserve water and save money, all while keeping your plants healthy with soft, non-chlorinated rain water.

How Do I Choose A Rain Barrel?

Look for a sealed barrel equipped with:

  • An overflow mechanism, such as a diverter, for use with your existing downspout
  • An additional outlet and hose to redirect water to plants or trees from the barrel once it’s full
  • A drain or tap near the bottom to fill a watering can

You can use one barrel or set up a network of multiple barrels to increase your savings.

Setting Up Your Rain Barrel

Locate the downspout most convenient for barrel placement. If your rain barrel didn’t come with its own stand, set it on some concrete blocks or flagstones for extra stability. Read the installation instructions that come with your rain barrel carefully and refer to the barrel manufacturer or retailer for support.

Buying A Rain Barrel

Green Calgary is hosting a number of rain barrel events in local communities throughout the spring and summer, where you can purchase a rain barrel (or two!), all the fittings and other green products for your home. You can also receive free advice on putting your rain barrels to work for you. Call 403-230-1443 or visit greencalgary.org.

Please visit calgary.ca/yardsmart for more information on conserving water and gardening in Calgary.