Rain Barrel Program

Rain Barrel Program

LUS/LCG Rain Barrel Program
The Rain Barrel Program is a Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) interdepartmental collaborative between Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) and the Environmental Quality division of Public Works (PW). The purpose of the program is to promote outdoor water conservation and sustainable stormwater management of the Bayou Vermilion Watershed.
About our Program
The LUS/LCG Rain Barrel Program offers safe and affordable rain barrels to Lafayette Parish residents during the spring season of each calendar year. The 2016 Rain Barrel Program closed on May 9.
All orders will be available for pick on:
Saturday, May 21, 2016
from 8 am - 12 pm
 The Dean Domingues  Compost Facility
400 Dugas Road
(off N. University between Pont De Mouton and Gloria Switch Road)
Lafayette, LA 70507
If you are unable to pick up your rain barrel during this time, email rainbarrel@lus.org to request another pick up time.
What is a Rain Barrel?
A rain barrel is a container used to collect and store rainwater from rooftops at either the downspout or the lowest pitch area of a roof. The water can be used later on your lawn, garden or for other outdoor purposes.
Mosquito Prevention
Our rain barrels are designed to prevent mosquito breeding, using a meshed screen to block access that is fastened to every barrel lid. Rain barrel users are encouraged to keep the lid secure on the barrel to avoid a mosquito pathway into the barrel. Ensuring all of the water from the barrel is used within 5 days of being filled is a fail-safe solution to mosquito breeding prevention. As an extra precaution, mosquito dunks can also be purchased at any home improvement store to place in your barrel, which will kill the mosquito larva and not harm your plants or animals.
Rain Barrel.pngWhy use Rain Barrels?
  • Saves money on water bills.
    Lawn and garden watering can account for up to 40% of your household water bill during the spring and summer months. Rain barrels can reduce your outdoor water use by using rainwater rather than tap water.
  • Improves water quality of the Bayou Vermilion.
    Rain barrels reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and surface water pollutants that enter our watershed. For more information on stormwater runoff, visit www.lafayettela.gov/stormwater.
  • Provides optimal water for plants
    Rainwater is naturally soft water and devoid of chlorine and other chemicals found in tap water. For this reason, plants thrive on rainwater.
Is a Rain Barrel right for me?
A rain barrel can be a wonderful addition to your yard and a useful tool for your outdoor watering needs. A rain barrel is right for you if:
  • You use a garden hose, soaker hose or watering can for your outdoor watering needs. The filled barrel will not provide an adequate amount of pressure to connect to a sprinkler.
  • You use water for outdoor purposes at least once a week.
  • The placement of the barrel will be in a surrounding location that slopes away from your house and neighboring properties.
  • The area surrounding the rain barrel is a pervious surface that can soak up overflow water.

Rain Barrel Components

  • Removable Top: Screw top lid with a drilled hole in the center for rain to enter.
  • Mesh Screen: Attached to the lid to keep out debris and mosquitoes.
  • Overflow Valve: 3/4 inch sized valve attached to the top of the barrel and used to redirect overflow water.
  • Drain Valve: Located at the bottom of the barrel and used to attach additional barrels for greater water collection.
  • Spigot: Allows for access and control of the rainwater.


  • Capacity: 55 gallons
  • Diameter: Approx: 21 inches
  • Height: Approx: 34 inches
  • Material: Polyethylene (plastic based)
  • Color: option of black, gray, terra cotta or blue


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Program Eligibility
There will be a limited supply of 300 rain barrels available for the discounted price of $35.
To be eligible for the discounted offer, the following criteria must be met:
  • LUS residential water customer
  • Resident of the City of Lafayette or the unincorporated area of Lafayette Parish
  • LUS account must be current
  • Individuals who received discounts in past events aren’t eligible for an additional discount
  • One discount per account allowed

This offer is limited to 1 barrel per household. Additional barrels may be purchased for $62.

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 For additional information or questions about this program,
please contact Garrison Harrison at 291-8194 or email rainbarrel@lus.org.