How do I use a rain barrel?

  • Keep the top firmly in place. Exposing rainwater to sunlight and open air will encourage algae growth.
  • Make sure the screen is secure to keep out water-loving bugs, like mosquitoes.
  • Clean the filter regularly according to the manufacturer's directions, and inspect your rain barrel every once in a while for leaks.
  • Keep your roof gutters clean, and make sure that water is flowing freely to and through the downspout when it rains.
  • When watering your garden with the water from your rain barrel, keep the water flow at ground level, away from the stuff you'll actually be eating, and don't use rainwater within a couple of days of harvesting your crop.


Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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