Rain Barrels: Are They Worth It?

July 7, 2016

Rain Barrels can be a wonderful way to conserve water and avoid flooding in your yard or in your home. These barrels are often recycled from construction sites or landscaping companies. They can be custom painted to with vibrant colors and unique patterns or to match the décor of your home. They are often 50-gallon barrels that have mesh over the top to avoid clogging or any possible debris falling into them. Some do come with filtration systems but many rain barrel owners wish to only use them for their garden or outdoor irrigation. If you are wondering if a rain barrel is right for your home, here are a few things you should consider:

Easy to Install

If you have a rainspout, these barrels are relatively easy to install and work with. They are very light when they are empty and can be transported easily to your rainspout. Once you have found a spot for the barrel secure it with large bricks or rocks until it is full. That way it will not blow away in a storm. Be sure not to block the spout with the rocks. You will want to be able to access this when watering your garden or yard. Once the barrel is in place you should put the mesh cover over so leaves and debris do not clog the barrel. And voila! You have a rain barrel ready for the next storm.


Rain barrels usually cost $40 to $150 depending on the parts, size, and the amount of customization needed. They can be made to perfectly match your homes décor or they can pop out of the mundane with beautiful paintings, colors, and patterns. I personally prefer the hand painted because they are so intricate and beautiful. Depending on your budget, however, you can always find one that is recycled, bare bones, and inexpensive. These barrels are incredibly sturdy (since they were built for construction purposes) and rarely need maintenance or to be replaced. These barrels will be a part of your home for the rest of your life and can save you money when caring for your garden or lawn. It can also help the earth since the water will still return to the watershed and be used in its pure form rather than traveling through filtration systems to your tap. They can fit into apartment life as well as large farms.