Rain Barrels for Practically Free

June 25, 2008

White Rain BarrelMake your own rain barrels with what you have, practically free. My husband asked around at local companies and came up with white plastic barrels. The rest he already had in his shop. He then connected them to our gutters and added a spigot at the bottom, to let gravity feed the water out. He even put screen where the gutter goes into barrel to keep out trash.


He connects the water hose to spigot and waters the flowers. We waste less water and always have extra water for the flowers. They don't look bad either, you could paint them if you like. It's been dry in NC and every drop of water saved is an advantage and we don't have to water from our well.

By Wanda from Climax, NC

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 3


June 25, 20080 found this helpful
Top Comment

Making and having a rain barrel to water my garden has been so much fun. We live in GA and it is HOT and DRY here with water restrictions.

We made the rain barrels this year. It only takes 1/4" of rain to fill the barrels up.

Here's a photo of two 55 gallon barrels that we connected to each other. That makes 110 gallons of water. They're raised up 3 cement blocks high in order to gravity feed through a hose to my garden across the yard.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Read More Comments


Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

July 11, 2006

Does anyone know a good company or industry that might be a good source for free or cheap recycled plastic 55 gallon barrels that would make good rain barrels?

Deb from Lawson, MO


Bronze Feedback Medal for All Time! 233 Feedbacks
July 11, 20060 found this helpful

Go to the Car dealers w/shops or any big Tire & Lube. They get their oil in the 55 gallon drums, but I am not sure if you can get plastic....some might have it. My DH used to work at a Toyota dealership, and snagged an empty one and made a BBQ grill out of it. It was beautiful!


Or you can ring your local Landfill/Recycling center to call you if they come in, or to see who sends them that way.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
July 17, 20060 found this helpful

I just made a rain barrel this weekend and purchased the barrel from a vendor who bought it from a soda pop manufacturer. Mine smells like Dr. Pepper! You might try contacting a bottler.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By richard t (Guest Post)
June 9, 20080 found this helpful

I've got mine from a car wash, and local car dealers, who are usually happy to get rid of them. Even got several from a local rebottler of shampoos and such. When I run out, I'll try the coal bottler down the road. Feel free to contact me at r s tidyman at yahoo . com, but of course you need to put that together.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
June 25, 20130 found this helpful

Contact This Supplier For Rain Barrels (Empty)

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
June 4, 20180 found this helpful

My coca-Cola bottling plant in Pooler, Ga does not offer used barrels to the public. I just asked. Bastards.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
July 14, 20182 found this helpful

Why are they (coca-cola) "bastards"? If they give you a drum, you put water in it, someone drinks it and gets sick... who they gonna sue, you or coca-cola?


My bakery used to give away day old bread, can't do it anymore because there is no longer a chain of custody for recall, again if someone gets sick who they gonna sue?

I'm not picking on you jonnyreb, just putting some facts out here.
Blame the sue happy people, not the company.

Reply Was this helpful? 2
October 28, 20180 found this helpful

I noticed that you flipped the rain barrel over and have a white pipe coming from the bottom, that must be for the water line. What is the black pipe for? Also, how did you seal up the white pipe at the bottom, and with what? What are you filtering the rain water with? Thank you for your time.
David A.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
June 14, 20190 found this helpful

The barrel is turned upside down. There is usually a 2 threaded connection there, reduce it to a 3/4 glue connection to make up a connection for pvc and add a faucet. The black pipe looks to be for a overflow situation.


Cut a hole on the now top and add a screen to catch trash. Set it up to easily clean the screen every so often and your good to go.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
February 5, 20200 found this helpful

I need a barrel for drinking water we live of the grid we would be so greatful

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question
In This Page
Better Living Green Living Conservation WaterJune 17, 2017
Christmas Ideas!
Thanksgiving Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2023-11-09 07:11:06 in 10 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2023 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.