Conserve water. Protect the Bay! Rain barrels are an efficient, low-cost, low-maintenance method for collecting rainwater. They are placed at downspouts (or downpours from your roof) in order to reduce runoff and flooding, conserve freshwater, and reduce pollution reaching Galveston Bay via storm drains. Rain barrels can be used for watering a garden or houseplants, washing a car, and much more!
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Did You Know?
- Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer.
- Capturing rainwater will help protect your lawn and garden during periods of drought.
- You can install rain barrels in series or at multiple downspouts in order to collect more water.
- Rainwater can be collected from your roof even without downspouts or gutters.
Rain Barrel Workshops
Galveston Bay Foundation’s Rain Barrel Program works to conserve water and reduce storm water runoff, pollution, and bacteria entering Galveston Bay. Each workshop is a unique and personal experience hosted by GBF’s Water Quality Team in partnership with local organizations and cities. Workshops consist of a presentation on the environmental benefits of collecting rainwater, and proper rain barrel installation instructions and tips. Registration is $35, which includes one 35-gallon barrel + one connector kit, and admission to the workshop. Workshop participants can purchase a maximum of 2 barrels + 2 kits. We encourage workshop attendants to ask questions and take advantage of the resources offered at our workshops, which help improve water quality in Galveston Bay!
Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, GBF has been able to expand the Rain Barrel Program to reach new partners and provide more workshops for communities surrounding Galveston Bay.