What is a Rain Barrel? A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise run off and be diverted to storm drains, streams, and the White River. It is composed of a large drum (usually about 50 – 60 gallons) a vinyl hose, PVC couplings, a screen grate to keep debris and insects out, and other common items. A rain barrel is relatively simple and can sit conveniently under a residential gutter downspout.
Rain Barrels have become very popular again because they lower water bills for those who water their gardens in the summer, rain water is better for plants than chlorinated city water, and collecting water during storms helps to decrease runoff from our properties thus making a small step towards controlling flooding downstream.
Raw Barrel – $40 (55 gallon, food grade plastic, unpainted, no holes cut, no plumbing, hardware not included.)
DIY Barrel – $80 (55 gallon, food grade plastic, includes hardware and plumbing, you just need to cut holes and install)
Assembled Standard Rain Barrel – $100 (55 gallon, food grade plastic, hardware and plumbing installed, Five 1.5″ holes cut out on top of barrel with mesh screening)
Assembled Rain Reserve Barrel – $150 (55 gallon, food grade plastic, hardware and plumbing installed, includes Rain Reserve diverter and connector kits)
Wooden Platform – $30 (pressure treated 2″x6″ decking, pressure treated 4″x4″ posts)
Wooden Platform – $80 (cedar 2″x6″ decking, cedar 4″x4″ posts)
Rain Reserve Connector Kit- $20 (Connects Diverter to barrel or connects 2 barrels together. Self sealing fittings with 6′ of compressible, expandable, and bendable tubing)
Rain Reserve Diverter Kit- $30 (Diverts rain water from downspout to rain barrel, resolves overflow, debris and mosquito problems)