Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I'm Gonna Get a Rain Barrel!

I've been contemplating purchasing a rain barrel for awhile now. The benefit of a rain barrel is obviously that it will allow me to capture the rain water and use it to water my gardens. The rain water is free, so I might as well tap into it and save myself some money.

The reason I haven't bought a rain barrel yet is because they're a little pricey. Home Depot carries them, but their cheapest rain barrel is $89.99 and it's sold out. Now granted, it's bigger than the one I'm going to get, but I just don't see spending an extra $59.99 for 2 additional gallons.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is providing 50 gallon rain barrels to residents of Cook County for just $40.00.

To order your rain barrel, click here. But be forewarned, you can only get it at 3 locations in the county on 3 days each month.


  1. Blerg - stupid Lake County is selling them for $80.

  2. Use Google's Froogle

    The best of the cheap one's I've found are:

    Hopefully you qualify for the Rain Barrel Rebate http://www.winnebagoswcd.org/Rain%20Barrel.pdf

  3. When buying a rain barrel you need to consider how functions and how its made. Cheaper is not better. Unless you want to replace it next year. A 5 gallon bucket can collect water, but what do you want to do with it once you have it? Is the spigot plastic? How are the pieces attached to the barrel? We live in the cold, these are things you want to consider. Remember, you get what you pay for. Lastly, "Green" being the new buzz, Why would you buy from a Home Depot? It's very wasteful to buy theres versus a reclaimed barrel.


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