Make rain a resource! Rain water collection is a brilliant way to give your lawn and garden chlorine-free liquid sunshine. A rain barrel allows you to store rain, and use it as needed to take care of your lawn, helping keep a useful resource from running down the storm drain.
How a rain barrel works
Rain water that falls on your roof is directed to a downspout normally connected to a storm water drain. A rain barrel intercepts this water and collects it, creating a reserve that can be used on your lawn or garden and reducing your demand on treated drinking water.
Rain water is chlorine-free and ambient temperature, so plants like it too.
What to look for when selecting a rain barrel
- Overflow to storm drain
- Childproof opening
- Garden hose connection
- Faucet (for filling watering cans)
- Screen (to keep debris out)
Important: Rainwater is not for human consumption. Collected rainwater is suitable for plants and grass only.
Be water wise
Discover other ways you can conserve water, such as buying a water saving kit, and following lawn sprinkling regulations.
Facts for a rainy day
The average Vancouverite uses more than 320 L of water per day in their home. In the summer, water use can double, largely due to lawn care!
Have questions about yard trimmings or composting?
Contact the Regional Compost Hotline, or visit the Compost Demonstration Garden:
2150 Maple Street
The hotline and garden are run by City Farmer, a non-profit organization, on behalf of the City and Metro Vancouver.