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 The Sarasota County Rain Barrel Program


Rainwater Harvesting
Rain barrels collect rainwater. They usually consist of a plastic storage container with a lid, a system that diverts water into the barrel, an overflow that diverts water away from the house, a screen to keep out debris, and a water spigot to which a hose can attach.

Uses for Rainwater in Rain Barrels

  • Lawn and garden watering.
  • Cleaning patio furniture and windows.
  • Vehicle washing.
  • Replenishing water features.
Benefits of Rain Barrels
Harvesting rainwater can reduce your use of potable water and save you money.
  • Collected water helps recharge groundwater when used on lawns and gardens.
  • Collected water reduces stormwater pollution such as sediment, oil, grease, bacteria and nutrients, by diverting runoff away from impervious surfaces such as roofs and driveways.

 ​Did You Know?

  • A full 55-gallon rain barrel weighs about 450 lbs.
  • Over 2,700 rain barrels have been sold.

Have additional questions? Call 941-861-5000 and ask for the Rain Barrel Program.



2017 Rain Barrel Workshops.pdf2017 Rain Barrel Workshops
Rainbarrel FAQs.pdfRainbarrel FAQs

 How Can I Get a Rain Barrel?

Rain barrels are available for purchase at the monthly rain barrel workshops. Each barrel is $37, including tax. Payment is by check or cash only.

 Rain Barrel Workshops


UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension Services hold monthly rain barrel workshops. Classes are about one hour. To register for upcoming classes, visit:

2017 Dates - locations specified:

April 15 at 10 a.m.
Twin Lakes Park

May 20 at 10 a.m.
Englewood Sports Complex

June 17 at 10 a.m. 
Twin Lakes Park

July 15 at 10 a.m.
Woodmere Park

Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. 
Twin Lakes Park

Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. 
Longwood Park

Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. 
Twin Lakes Park

Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. 
Englewood Sports Complex

Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. 
Twin Lakes Park

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