Roll Out the Rain Barrels

Even though LA often doesn’t see its first significant rain event until November or December, October does signify the “official” start of the rainy season here in Southern California as is evidenced by the rain we’re seeing this month. And, with California’s drought far from over, it’s still vital that Angelenos conserve water and harvest rainwater. Now is the perfect time to take a look at your rain barrels and ensure that they’re good to go for the coming rainy season. Follow these five steps and your rain barrel will be ready to catch every last drop:

  • Inspect and clean your home’s gutters and downspouts to make sure they’re clear of debris.
  • Inspect your rain barrel and spigot for cracks and remove any debris that has collected over the summer.
  • Flush out your rain barrel with water from your hose. For super dirty barrels, add 2 teaspoons of a biodegradable soap and 2 teaspoons of vinegar to the barrel before rinsing.
  • Open the overflow valve at the top of the barrel.
  • Consider connecting more barrels together to capture even more rainwater. Those barrels fill up fast!

Interested in capturing even more rain drops? We make it easy to learn more about rainwater harvesting. Winter rains will be here before we know it, so get prepared for the rain and roll out those rain barrels!

Photos courtesy of Annie Costanzo and Harry Helmet.

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    Mark Hall
    October 27th, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Please remind all rain barrel users that they need to make sure the screening is in place and in good condition. Mosquitoes, especially the Aedes/Zika mosquitoes, love rain barrels as a breeding source. One rain barrel used improperly can produce thousands of mosquitoes.

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      LA Stormwater
      November 16th, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Yes, a very good point. We are in the process of creating a rain barrel maintenance tip card. We’ll make sure this is included. Thank you for your input!

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