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.

2019 Community Rain Barrel Sales

This year, the cities of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo are hosting rain barrel sales, offering wholesale, upcycled rain barrels to all residents at only $56.50 each.  Place your online order by June 18, 2019 or mail-in order by June 14, 2019 and your order will be ready to pick up on Friday, June 21. 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 City of Battle Creek order form

Questions?  Call Lizzy at (269) 966-3355 ex. 1889

Rain Barrel Guide

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