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Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)

"Barrel" ahead with water conservation: 2024 Rain Barrels Event

Large white plastic barrels are prepared for use as rain barrelsIf you live in the Hays area and would like to purchase ready-to-install rain barrels, please download and return the 2024 registration form, with payment. Barrels are in very limited supply this year; as a result, Hays residents will receive priority. Contact us if you have questions!

Springtime storms can mean deluges of rain: it runs off rooftops, gushes down gutters and sprays into drainage systems.  It’s a lot of excess water, and it can be used at your house! For as little as $35 and 30 minutes of work, you can make your own rain barrel storage system. The water you collect is great for washing your car, gardening, cleaning patio surfaces, or any other landscaping job around your home. Watch this 10-minute, easy-to-follow video, to get a list of equipment, clear instructions, and steps for home installation. Don’t let that water go to waste! KCARE'S "Roll Out the Rain Barrel" project has built more than 6.700 rain barrels since 2009. Read more about the project and how much it has accomplished. If you are interested in printable instructions on how to build your own rain barrel, go to KCARE's Publications page.

These barrels offer many benefits to you, your town, and your landscape. Remember, rain barrels are not a new idea, just a forgotten practice.



Interested in general information about rain barrels?

The following video gives you some basic information about using rain barrels.

How do you maintain your rain barrel?

This video gives details about winterizing your rain barrel, why keeping clean gutters is important, and how to treat algae that might form in your rain barrel.


"Water collection can be easier than I thought and we each can make a difference"

-Participant at the Wichita event in Sept. 2009