What is a Rain Barrel? A rain barrel is a container used to collect and store rainwater from rooftops at either the downspout or the lowest pitch area of a roof. The water can be used later on your lawn, garden or for other outdoor purposes.
Why use Rain Barrels? •Saves money on water bills Lawn and garden watering can account for up to 40% of your household water bill during the spring and summer months. Rain barrels can reduce your outdoor water use by using rainwater rather than tap water.
•Improves water quality of the Bayou Vermilion Rain barrels reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and surface water pollutants that enter our watershed. For more information on stormwater runoff, visitLafayetteLa.gov/Stormwater
•Provides optimal water for plants Rainwater is naturally soft water and devoid of chlorine and other chemicals found in tap water. For this reason, plants thrive on rainwater.
Is a Rain Barrel Right for Me? A rain barrel can be a wonderful addition to your yard and a useful tool for your outdoor watering needs. A rain barrel is right for you if: •You use a garden hose, soaker hose or watering can for your outdoor watering needs. The filled barrel will not provide an adequate amount of pressure to connect to a sprinkler system. •You use water for outdoor purposes at least once a week. •The placement of the barrel will be in a surrounding location that slopes away from your house and neighboring properties. •The area surrounding the rain barrel is a pervious surface to soak up overflow water.
Rain Barrel Components The rain barrels being offered are recycled food grade barrels and made up of the following: •Removable Top: Screw top lid with a drilled hole in the center for rain to enter. •Mesh Screen: Attached to the lid to keep out debris and mosquitoes. •Overflow Valve: 3/4 inch sized valve attached to the top of the barrel and used to redirect overflow water. •Drain Valve: Located at the bottom of the barrel and used to attach additional barrels for greater water collection. •Spigot: Allows for access and control of the rainwater.