Rain barrels are used by homeowners to collect and store rainwater that runs off of the roof of their homes. 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.
Why capture rain water?
There are many benefits to using a rain barrel, especially in Kamloops with our semi-arid climate. A rain barrel is designed to capture rainwater and store it until you need it. Rain barrels benefit the environment, your plants, and your budget.
- free water for your lawn, garden, or household chores
- rainwater is cholorine free and an ambient temperature that plants prefer
- improves soil’s pH balance for better plant health
- 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, this in turns helps save energy
- contribute to erosion prevention efforts
- a water source can be available in times of drought or during watering restrictions
- water lawns
- water gardens
- wash cars
- clean outdoor furniture
- wash garden tools etc.
A bit of maintenance will go a long way toward the longevity of your rain barrel. Consider these good habits:
- below a downspout
- in a location with firm, level ground (a 3 ft. x 3 ft. paving stone can be used to provide stability)
- avoid locations near ground level basement windows or window wells
- 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 them on a regular basis.
- Completely drain the water from the barrel, otherwise it can crack and your warranty will be void.
- Store the barrel in a shed or garage in a protected area away from strong winds.
- Always remember to remove the diverter and reconnect the downspout.