Rain Barrels

Rain barrels capture water from your roof to use at a later time - like during the hot summer months when you need to water your garden. “Harvesting” rain like this also prevents water from becoming runoff that carries pollutants from the road into our rivers, lakes, and other natural water bodies. 

Is it legal to use rain barrels in Washington?

Yes! Not only are rain barrels legal, they are also encouraged in our rainy climate. Read more about rainwater collection on State of Washington Department of Ecology's website.

Why install a rain barrel? Rain barrel collage

There are many benefits to harvesting water with rain barrels. In addition to helping you conserve water, rain barrels can you to:

  • Cut your household use of water during the hot summer months
  • Water your plants with chlorine-free rainwater that they prefer
  • Clean your bike, vehicle, tools, etc. without ever using the faucet
  • Save money on water bills
  • Protect local streams and Puget Sound by capturing runoff that would have otherwise picked up pollutants on its way to the nearest storm drain

Ready to buy, build, or install a rain barrel?

Learn more about rain barrels, including where to buy one, how to build one, and how to install one on Snohomish Conservation District's website.

Already have a rain barrel?

Check out Snohomish Conservation District's Rain Barrel Care page to learn about installation, painting, and basic rain barrel maintenance. You can also learn how to take your rain barrels to the next level by incorporating them with a raised bed.

Snohomish Conservation District's video shows you how to build a rain barrel.