Rain barrels are a form of rainwater harvesting, which is the capture, diversion and storage of rainwater for landscape irrigation. Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water, save money on your water bill and reduce stormwater run-off. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that rain barrels can save up to 1,300 gallons of water over the three month summer peak period.
The District started offering free rain barrel workshops with Birch Bay Watershed Aquatic Resources Management District (BBWARM) in 2011. The District and BBWARM hosted three workshops in 2011 and 2012. More workshops will be scheduled in March and April of 2013. Workshop participants learn how to turn free 55 gallon barrels, recycled from the diary industry, into rain barrels for their homes. Participants have the opportunity to pre-assemble their rain barrel at the workshop.
Rain Barrel Workshop Materials:
- City of Bellingham’s Rain Barrel Installation Guide (PDF)
- Materials and Tools List (PDF)
- Rain Barrel Vendor List (PDF)
- Workshop PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)