Rain Barrels

Did you know lawn and garden watering can account for as much as 40 percent of household water use during the summer?

The Kalamazoo River Watershed Council promotes rain barrels as an excellent way to collect and reuse water.

Kalamazoo River Watershed Council rain barrels

A rain barrel is a simple vessel used to capture and store rain water that typically runs off your roof during a storm. Rain barrels are an easy way to harvest the rain water that normally runs into the streets and down the storm drain. All that rain water rushes into the nearest lake or stream without being filtered. Large volumes of rain runoff can erode stream channels, harm aquatic wildlife, and overdose waterways with large amounts of nutrients that can cause harmful algae blooms.

Once harvested, the water can be used to water gardens during dry periods. We’ll help walk you though some important decisions before buying and installing a rain barrel.

2018 Community Rain Barrel Sale

This year we are partnering with WMU Environmental Health to offer wholesale, upcycled rain barrels to all residents at only $56.50 each.  Place your online or mail-in order by September 24 and your order will be ready to pick up at WMU on Friday, September 28 from Noon to 7PM at the WMU community garden and apartments (1940 Howard St, Kalamazoo MI).  Full information about the rain barrels can be found under the menu heading below “Where can I get a rain barrel?” and online


Download the sale brochure

Questions?  Call Keith at (269) 387-5593

Rain Barrel Guide

Explore the various ways to support the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council today!