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Rain Barrel FAQs

rainbarrelFAQs315x215How much water can I collect in a rainstorm?

Get ready for a little math. For every inch of rain that falls on one square foot of your roof, you’ll collect a little more than a half of a gallon in your rain barrel (.6 gallons to be exact). For example, say you have a 10 foot x 10 foot shed and one inch of rain falls on it. You’ll collect .6 gallons x 100 square feet, or 60 gallons of rainwater!

Can I give the rain water to my pets?

No. The rainwater contains urban pollutants that aren’t safe for humans or fuzzy creatures. As a reminder, you can place one of our free Do Not Drink stickers on your barrel. Request one here.

Will my rain barrel attract mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes look for standing water for their breeding ground, but a few simple steps will ensure your harvested rainwater remains mosquito-proof. Keep the rain barrel lid tightly covered and replace and tighten the drain cap after every rain event. After a rain storm, always wipe away any water that pools at the top of the barrel. Learn more about keeping the pesky biters away.

How do you clean a rain barrel?

We recommend flushing out your rain barrel with water from your hose twice a year, at the beginning and end of the rainy season. For super dirty barrels, add 2 teaspoons of a biodegradable soap and 2 teaspoons of vinegar to the barrel before rinsing. Using a high-pressure spray nozzle at the end of the hose will help remove any caked-on residue.

Will extreme heat damage my rain barrel?

Rain barrels are made of heavy-duty, water-tight plastic, which should be able to handle LA’s high temperatures.

How can I make the rain barrel prettier?


Customizing your rain barrel is easy to do. Rain barrel wraps are available online or you could paint it any color or design you’d like. Be sure to use a paint designed for plastic surfaces.