Project Rain Barrel
Reduce Your Water Footprint with an Upcycled Rain Barrel
River Network’s Project Rain Barrel helps communities and homeowners across the U.S. and Canada reduce their water footprints by providing FREE materials, support, and promotion for hosting educational rain barrel-making workshops.
We’ve partnered with the Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola bottlers, and our member groups since 2011 to connect more than 150 communities with over 10,000 upcycled rain barrels. Watch the introductory video to learn more.
Project Rain Barrel materials are limited and distributed through a competitive application process. Applications that demonstrate strong educational components and are hosted in lower-income communities will receive preference. First-time workshop hosts and premium River Network member organizations are also encouraged to apply.
The application period for 2022 workshops is now closed.
Why Rain Barrels?
The average American family directly consumes nearly 110,000 gallons of water each year, and if you include water used for producing food, energy, and consumer goods, that total jumps to 1.9 million gallons annually! However, a single 55-gallon rain barrel can save up to 1,300 gallons of water every year.
Rain barrels collect free rainwater to water gardens, trees, and lawns. This saves you money on water bills, AND helps reduce demand for energy-intensive treated tap water, limits stormwater runoff and erosion, and saves water for use during droughts. Installing a rain barrel is one of the easiest ways to reduce your water footprint and help recharge our rivers, lakes, and aquifers.
River Network member organizations and most community groups engaged in water education, management, or conservation are eligible to host Project Rain Barrel workshops and receive free materials, while supplies last.
Apply via our online form.
River Network is excited to partner with Colorado Rain Catcher this year! CO Rain Catcher will provide all of the rain barrel building kits used to help conserve water across the United States.
Each workshop is hosted by a local organization. Visit our Events & Trainings page to find a rain barrel workshop near you and contact your local host directly for details about specific workshops. Most workshops occur in March, April, and May so check back often for updates and be sure to follow the Project Rain Barrel Facebook page for the latest news.
Sorry, we cannot accommodate individual requests for rain barrels.
Don’t see a workshop near you? No problem! Check out our Water Protectors Map and search for organizations in your area. Reach out directly and let them know River Network can provide free materials to host a workshop.
Rain barrels are only one way to reduce your water footprint. Check out these resources for more water conservation ideas:
- Estimate your household’s water footprint using the Water Footprint Calculator
- Pledge to conserve water with Change the Course
- Check out these Residential Water Efficiency Tips and WaterSense for ways to save water at home
- Watch Where is Water from the UN World Water Assessment Programme
- Explore more simple tips for saving water