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What is a Rain Barrel used for?

The process of capturing, storing and directing rainwater runoff and putting it to use is called rainwater collection. It is also called rainwater “harvesting.” Water from roof gutter downspouts is directed onto landscaped areas and is incidentally consumed by plants. This form of use is not regarded as rainwater harvesting. Get information to start rainwater collection with CSU Extension’s Rain Barrel Resources.

Read Answers to Common Questions about Rain Barrels and Rainwater Collection in this CSU Extension Publication

Video Resources for Rainwater Collection

How to make a DIY Rain Barrel

Install a Rain Barrel

How to Use Your Harvested Rainwater

How to Winterize Your Rain Barrel

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.