Rain Barrel Program

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The LUS/LCG Rain Barrel Program has concluded for 2018. 
Please check back on this page in January of 2019 or email RainBarrel@LUS.org
for information on the 2019 program. 
 
The Rain Barrel Program is a Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) interdepartmental collaboration 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.
 
The LUS/LCG Rain Barrel Program is designed to offer rain barrels to Lafayette Parish residents at a reduced retail cost and make them easily available for purchase during the spring season of each calendar year. 
 
Program Eligibility 
There will be a limited supply of rain barrels available for a subsidized price. Before any purchase will be accepted, the LUS/LCG terms and conditions must be agreed upon. Click here to print and view the LUS / LCG terms and conditions. 
 
To be eligible for the discounted offer, the following criteria must be met: 
  • Resident of the City of Lafayette or the unincorporated area of Lafayette Parish
  • One discount per account allowed
 
This offer is limited to 1 barrel per household. Additional barrels may be purchased.
 
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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.
 
Why 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
The rain barrels being offered are recycled food grade barrels and are made up of the following: 
  • Removable, screw top lid.
  • Mesh Screen attached to the lid to keep out debris and mosquitoes.
  • Overflow Valve, 3/4 inch size, attached to the top of the barrel and used to redirect overflow water.
  • Drain Valve located at the bottom of the barrel and can be used to attach to additional barrels for greater water collection.  
  • Spigot allows for access and control of the rainwater
 
Specifications:
  • Capacity: 55 gallons
  • Diameter: Approx: 24 inches
  • Height: Approx: 39 inches
  • Material: Polyethylene (plastic based)
  • Painted or Unpainted Color Options: 
    • Black or Terra Cotta (unpainted)
    • Green or Grey (painted and available at a slightly higher price)  
 
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For additional information or questions about this program,
please contact Garrison Harrison at 291-8194 or email rainbarrel@lus.org.
 
 
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