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Rain Barrels

The City has offered rain barrels at cost to residents since 2006. In partnership with L.B.H. Building Centre, the 2017 Rain Barrel Event (held on May 6) was successful in providing St. Albert residents with a total of 450 rain barrels. At $50 per rain barrel, limit two per person, residents began purchasing the barrels and enjoying the event at 8 am until supplies ran out.

This event has been held at L.B.H. Building Centre (11 Riel Drive, St. Albert) since 2015 with tremendous success. We thank everyone who particpated in this year's event, which had a special focus on the upcoming Water Conservation Bylaw, coming into affect January 1, 2018. We hope to see you next year!

Any questions regarding the annual event, or to find out more information about rain barrels or water conservation, contact Environment at 780-459-1735 or 

Rain Barrel Features

The 208 litre (55 gallons) rain barrels have a unique shape and are a neutral colour that will blend into any gardenscape. They are constructed with up to 50 percent recycled materials, include a spigot, mosquito mesh, lid and overflow hose that can be linked to another barrel.

For more information on other water conservation tips please visit our Outdoor Water Saving Tips page.

Quick Tip:

Adding one tablespoon of olive oil or dish soap to the water in your rain barrel (every six to nine days) will prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your rain barrel.

Use a Rain Barrel

Save water, Save money: Catch water from your roof!

What is a Rain Barrel?

  • A container to catch rainwater flowing from your downspouts.
  • Using collected water is an easy and economical way to maintain a healthy lawn and garden.

Why use a Rain Barrel?

  • The water is free, which saves you money on your monthly water bill.
  • It decreases the amount of drinkable, treated water used for outdoor watering.
  • Reduces the demand on water treatment facilities.
  • Rainwater is soft and non-chlorinated, which can stimulate plant growth and make soil healthier.
  • It's an easy way to conserve water, one of our most precious resources, and protect the environment.

Setting up your Rain Barrel

Maintaining Your Rain Barrel

  • Clean debris from the lid screen regularly. 
  • In the fall, prepare your barrel for winter storage in a few easy steps. Drain water,remove spigot, turn it upside down and cover the barrel.
  • In the winter, move your downspout so it faces away from buildings and foundation walls.

Rain Barrel Safety Tips

  • Keep lid on the barrel at all times to keep out insects, pets and wildlife.
  • Ensure children restrain from playing on or inside the barrel.

Last edited: July 25, 2017

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