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Rain Barrels: A Water & Money Saver

Rain Barrels: A Water & Money Saver

No matter where you live, it seems we all have wacky weather - rain for weeks on end and then all of a sudden it is hot and dry and you are wishing you had some rain!  A few years ago I decided that I wanted to take advantage of those rainy periods and looked into buying a rain barrel

rain barrelsI found a great local compay, The Great American Rain Barrel Company.  The owners of the company are also the owners of a food-importing business.  They import olives from Spain - and the olives come packed in 60-gallon drums.  Once the olives were gone, the had no use for the rain barrels.  Two teachers who had the idea to save water by using rain barrels came to them with the idea to re-purpose the drums. Twenty years later the company is still going strong. 

Located in nearby Hyde Park MA, consumers can pick up rain barrels directly from their facility.  Their website also provides links to online retailers who offer their products, as well as retailers in a number of different states where customers can find the rain barrels.  In addition, they partner with several local communities to provide a discount program to help the community manage its water resources.  Neighboring Milton MA, Walpole MA and Dedham MA are a few of the communities who have partnered with them.  I wonder if we could get Canton MA to join the program?

The rain barrels are easy to install right along side your gutter, with a rain diverter that diverts the rain right into the barrel.  As I sit here & type, I know that my barrel is being re-filled with the rain.  When the weather dries up, I can water my flowers with the free water in my rain barrel - saving money on my water bill and conserving water.  I'm thinking it might be time to get a second barrel.

So, whether you live in Canton MA, or another Norfolk County community - or in another state, think about a rain barrel for water and money savings! 

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Comment balloon 10 commentsChristine Smith • June 11 2011 09:27PM


This is another one of those terrific "Go Green" ideas that's fairly simple to install and easy to use.

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) almost 8 years ago

In Australia, water from the roof is conserved and reused for all household purposes, not just the garden. It's a scarce resource!

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) almost 8 years ago

Christine, that is such a great concept.  I've been meaning to check into these myself.  How much water does it hold?  I just can't picture how much I could water with it.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Christine, I've got the same questions as Melissa (#3).  Sounds like a simple way to conserve and save.  I'm just wondering how much water it holds and how frequently it would get filled and reused.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) almost 8 years ago

This is a great idea.  I guess it's doubly green.  How clever.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 8 years ago

Sizing to the watering needs and roof size, problems with debris, mosquitos and pollution coming off the roof and freezing are discussed in this blog.  Some Charlotte HOA's require rain barrels, like trash cans, to be concealed from view.

Posted by Daniel H. Fisher, MCRP - Charlotte Real Estate, NC or SC ( (704) 617-3544) almost 8 years ago


I first saw them on This Old House, now a couple of my customers are using them to water their gardens.  

Posted by Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166, Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker - (Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229) almost 8 years ago

Mike....thanks, yes they are quite easy to use & inexpensive too. is a scarce resource!  That is amazing that they use it for everything in Australia.  Right now there is no system to sanitize the water for drinking but rain barrels can also be used for all outside water needs like washing the car, filling a pool and many other uses.

Melissa and Leah....It is a 60 gallon barrel so that's how much it holds.  There is a spigot where you can either use a watering can to get the water or attach a hose or soaker hose.  If you wanted to attach a hose, I would suggest installing the barrel above grade on some sort of platform since it really uses gravity for the water to come out.  And you can have the spigot moved to the bottom of the barrel too.  I didn't think of that so mine I primarily use with the watering can to water all my hanging & potted plants.  If we have a dry spell, I can quickly run out of water.  Also, there is a connection at the top where you can connect one barrel to another by hose so that when one barrel is full, it overflows to the other.

Debbie...I really liked that it was a barrel that was re-used from something else - not made just for this purpose.

Valerie....I'm not sure about elsewhere but water rates are pretty high here.

Daniel....excellent points!!  This one comes with a mesh cover inserted at the top to collect debris & help with bugs & then on top of that there is a solid cover, with small holes for the water to go in.  So there is never standing water to attrach mosquitos.  But it is something to watch for.  I've never had an issue with mine.  The cover comes off easily & I can clean off the mesh barrier.  And yes, it should be emptied out before winter & ideally stored inside (although I leave mine out year round).  The rain diverter that attaches to the gutter folds up so that you can stop flow of water to the rain barrel.  As for an HOA, I don't have one but I do prefer to keep it hidden from view or camouflaged.

Michele...I first saw them on TV too (not sure if it was This Old House or another show) & there was a couple who had quite a collection of them & never used water for outside other than the rain barrels.

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - almost 8 years ago

Christine, I think rain barrels are the slickest thing since toast!  I'm starting to see more and more of them show up around homes in the Triangle.  Great post and information for someone looking to get a system in place in Canton MA


Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) almost 8 years ago

Pamela....they are really a great way to save money & water.  Thanks!

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - almost 8 years ago

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