Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are used by homeowners to collect and store rainwater that runs off the roof of their home. This water is ideal for washing and watering gardens, and collecting it helps divert rain from entering storm drains, reducing runoff and minimizing the risk of overflows during heavy rainfall.

Benefits
  • Free irrigation for your lawn or garden
  • Reduces the consumption of domestic water use
  • Reduces storm sewer runoff
  • Reduces runoff pollution to our rivers
  • Reduces the need for the City of Kamloops to treat, pump and distribute water
  • Contribute to erosion prevention efforts
  • An inspiring example of environmental stewardship
  • A water source can be available in times of drought or during watering restrictions
  • Provides chlorine-free water for gardening
  • Improves your soil’s pH balance for better plant health
Maintenance

Winter

  • Completely drain your barrel of water (or it can crack and your warranty will be void)
  • Store in a shed or garage in a protected area away from strong winds
  • Always remember to remove your diverter and reconnect your downspout

Summer

  • Clean the screen once a month to prevent clogging
  • Check for erosion under/around the rain barrel (platform/support must remain level and stable at all times
  • Keep your gutters as clear as possible and service on a regular basis

Placement

  • Below a downspout
  • In a location with firm, level ground (a 3’x3’ paving stone can be used to provide stability)
  • Avoid locations near ground level basement windows or window wells

Rainwater Uses

  • Water lawns
  • Water gardens
  • Wash cars
  • Clean outdoor furniture
  • Wash garden tools etc.
  • Never drink or ingest standing water