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Inspiring People to Care for the Earth

Rain Barrel How-To's Print E-mail

Rain Barrels are a great way to conserve water, reduce flooding, protect water quality of our streams and rivers, and keep your garden or lawn green in hot summer months while reducing your water bill. Rain Barrels come in all different colors, sizes and shapes. If you don't like the look of one rain barrel, keep searching. You also have the option to paint your barrel. SCARCE has printable instrucations for painting your rain barrel at the bottom of this page. 


Here are some places to purchase a rainbarrel for your home:


The Conservation Foundation partners with many municipalities to offer reduced-price rain barrels for residents. These programs are often held during the spring. Check with your municipality to see if they offer this or a similar program.


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Fun Rain Barrel Activities

With generous funding from the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, SCARCE developed a curriculum teaching the importance of water conservation and stormwater management. Here's a copy of activities for any teacher to use. Please contact SCARCE if you are a DuPage County school and would like to schedule a teacher in-service, or educational support, on water-related environmental issues.

Fun rain barrel activities to use with your group!