How to Make a Rain Barrel From a Plastic Barrel


From the beginning of time, rain has been falling from the sky to water the land. Fortunately, we can capture that rain and continue to use it to water the ground on our property. The rain water is perfect for using in a flower or vegetable garden as well. If you do not have the traditional wooden barrel, you can use a plastic barrel to capture the rain instead. You will just need to make a few adjustments first.

Step 1

Pick out the largest plastic barrel you have so you can catch a large amount of rain. Southwest Florida Management District also recommends using a plastic barrel that is dark in color so no light is let into the barrel.

Step 2

Place a measuring tape at the bottom of your plastic barrel and measure 1 foot up. Drill a hole there. The hole should be large enough to insert a 3/4-inch plastic faucet. Most plastic faucets can just be twisted in to the hole. The faucet is necessary to release the water as needed.

Step 3

Locate the drain spout from your house that has the most rain water running down it. This is where you should place your plastic barrel.

Step 4

Note the size of the drain spout, and drill a hole in the top of your plastic barrel to fit it. Then guide the drain spout into the hole.

Step 5

Set one or two Mosquito Dunks or Mosquito Bits in your plastic rain barrel. This is necessary because standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Your plastic rain barrel is now ready for use.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic barrel Measuring tape Power drill 3/4-inch plastic faucet Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)


  • Southwest Florida Water Management District: Rain Barrels
  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society: Build a Rain Barrel
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