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Save money on your water bill, Houston. Here’s how you can buy or build a rain barrel.

Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and save on your next bill
Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and save on your next bill (This Old House)

HOUSTON – If you’re wondering, yes--rain barrels and rain harvesting are legal in Texas.

Not only rain collecting is good for your wallet, it’s also for the environment. The more rain water you collect in your barrel, the less money you will spend on your next water bill, according to Take Care of Texas. If you live in an area with limited water supply, rain water can also be beneficial to your household.

There are several ways to harvest rain water here in Texas:

Installing a rain barrel

The Home Depot has a comprehensive guide to build a rain barrel.

You will need the following tools:

  • Power drill
  • A barrel
  • Hose bib
  • Sealant
  • Garden hoses
  • Downspout extension kit
  • Trash can lid
  • Landscape fabric

A YouTube video from New Braunfels Utilities explains how to build a rain barrel with the same or similar tools used. Take a look below:

Buying a rain barrel system

Not a DIY-er? No problem. Houston Public Works has a special offer for city residents interested in harvesting rainfall.

You can get a 50-gallon Ivy Rain Barrel at a discounted price as a Houston resident for $52. Non-Houston residents can also purchase a barrel for $72, which is 40% off retail.

Rain Barrels for Houston residents are currently sold out, but you can add yourself on a wait list to reserve one.

The deadline to purchase a barrel from Houston Public Works is Sunday, May 16, 2021, and can be picked up Saturday, May 22 between 10 a.m. and noon at Houston Botanic Garden, located at 8210 Park Place.

For more information, click here.

Home improvement stores such as The Home Depot and Lowe’s have rain barrels in stock, ranging from $90 with a minimum of 50 gallons.


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