Rain Barrel
Rain Barrel Sale
Order by the 1st
of each month
YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED
when to pick up at:
Kinsch Village Florist
Kinsch Village Florist
301 West Johnson St.
Palatine
Streamwood residents only:
call for details
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Rain Barrel & Composter Flyer
Rain Barrel FAQs
Rain Barrel Details & Accessories
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Composter Sale
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Affordable, Upcycled Rain Barrels Now Available from the District
 
Why harvest rainwater with rain barrels?
Helps Reduce Stormwater Pollution
Rainwater stored in rain barrels helps reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and the amount of pollutants that are picked up and carried to storm sewers, creeks and rivers.

Save Money
Using the water from your roof reduces the amount of water you pay for!

Conserves Water Supply
Resources Rainwater used from rain barrels helps reduce the amount of water used from underground aquifers and community / municipal supplies.

Better for Plants and Gardens
Rainwater stored in rain barrels is naturally soft water and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals. For this reason, plants respond very well to rainwater. After all, it’s what plants in the wild thrive on!

Helps Inform Your Neighbors
One of the best reasons to start harvesting rainwater with rain barrels is to teach and encourage others to do the same. You will help to spread the culture of rainwater collection and in turn, help your larger community and the environment. It is always important to remember that every living thing on the planet needs water to survive so, we as humans must expand our idea of community to the plants and animals that surround us.
Using rain barrel water
Water your flowers, trees, shrubs, and lawn.
Wash your car; rinse tools or muddy boots.
DO NOT DRINK WATER from your rain barrel.
DO NOT COOK OR BATHE with water from your rain barrel. All barrels are made from re-cycled food grade barrels. The rain barrels have a screw on top with drainage holes, screen mesh to keep out debris and mosquitoes, an overflow male hose connection, a spigot and another connection to attach additional barrels. Styles & shades may vary with supply.
Rain barrel instructions
It is a good idea to put your barrel up on a flat, stable platform (wood pedestal, concrete blocks, landscaping blocks or other solid support). The added height increases the water pressure and allows you to put a bucket under the spigot to bring water to your indoor plants. A full 55 gallon rain barrel weighs over 450 pounds.  Provide overflow hose to direct water to a vegetated area, away from your house foundation, for times of high rainfall.
Locate and install your rain barrel to keep kids safe. Keep your rain barrel lid tight at all times to prevent children, animals and insects from entering or falling in.
Measure and cut the downspout. (Keep the cut off for reattachment in the winter). Use existing elbow or a flexible elbow attachment to direct water to the top of the barrel. The end of the downspout should be cut 2-3 inches above the top of the barrel. Downspouts can be cut with a hacksaw. Flexible elbows can be purchased at hardware stores, home centers or from the District. Most homeowners do not require a flexible elbow. However, you may choose to use a flexible elbow to hide a barrel around the corner of your building.
In Fall, open spigot and unscrew connector cap to drain barrel. Store as is, flip over or bring inside. If removing from the downspout, replace downspout you saved for the Winter.
Diverters can switch downspout from filling to normal operation once the barrel is full. Fits 2x3 inch downspout.
Preventing Mosquitoes
Your rain barrel will be equipped with a mosquito screen under the lid to keep mosquitoes and other insects out.
Place your barrel on a pervious (landscaped) surface so that overflow water soaks into the ground instead of pooling on paved surfaces.
Keep your rain barrel lid tightly closed.
Keep your barrel free of organic material.
During the rainy season, every 3-4 days splash off any water that may collect on top of the barrel. Mosquitoes need at least 4 days of standing water to develop as larva.  If you believe mosquitoes are breeding in your rain barrel, empty your barrel completely by opening the spigot at bottom. Only tip when draining is complete and barrel is nearly empty. This will kill all mosquito larvae that may be in your barrel.
If your mosquito netting is intact and there are no leaks where mosquitoes can enter the barrel, your rain barrel should be mosquito-free.
Disclaimer
With proper installation, maintenance and use, your rain barrel should function properly.  The North Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District assumes no liability for the installation, maintenance, property damage or injury associated with your rain barrel.
 
 
North Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District
640 Cosman Rd. Elk Grove Village, Il. 60007 
224/875-7580