The Portland Water District offers inexpensive rain barrels each year, so Margy and I ordered four barrels to supplement the few we already have. We picked them up amid dozens of barrels at the East End Water Treatment Facility. These are repurposed olive oil barrels so we’re glad to recycle rather than buy something created with new plastic.
One of our projects for our permablitz will be to create wooden stands for the rain barrels, so they are high enough to fill a watering can from the spigot, or get a little pressure for further away in the garden. We plan to install them under all of our gutter drains. In fact, under the drains closest to our gardens, we are hoping to have two barrels side by side, with one feeding overflow into the other.
It is also possible to construct your own barrels, with olive oil barrels, and parts purchased separately–I helped to do that at another permablitz maybe last year. But these were easy, and installing them on stands and adjusting the down spouts will be enough for us to try to accomplish. Each time it rains, I wish they were already installed.
Rain barrels are one way we are honoring the water on our land, using what we can that falls from the sky, rather than needing to buy more city water for our gardens.