Salt Lake City

Public Utilities

Customer Service: (801) 483-6900 | Report Emergency: (801) 483-6700

Buy a Rain Barrel

Try a barrel for rain water conservation

Rain barrels capture water from your roof, and allow you to use that stored water later on lawns, landscapes or outdoor flower pots. It’s a simple conservation effort, and we can help.

Salt Lake City Public Utilities launched a Rain Barrel Initiative in 2015. Barrels sell for $68 each.

We have rain barrels for sale now. Though we are limiting access to our office, you can purchase and pick up barrels by calling Customer Service at 801-483-6900, ext. 2. Once these barrels are sold, we’ll be out of stock until the fall, so don’t wait too long.

Also: During the COVID-19 pandemic, some residents have inquired about the safety of storing drinking water in rain barrels. Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities (SLCDPU) recommends against this. We advise people to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and to use rain barrels for the purpose they are intended–to store and conserve rain water only. We also emphasize SLCDPU water is safe to drink from the tap. Culinary water has been treated to provide the safest supply possible and meets or exceeds all federal and state safe drinking water standards. 

Water Conservation Manager Stephanie Duer is available to answer any further questions. Contact Stephanie at 801-483-6860 or stephanie.duer@slcgov.com

Eligibility/Purchasing
We offer the barrels at cost. They are not subsidized, and anyone may purchase them.

Product Details: Manufactured by the Great American Rain Barrel Company of recycled and repurposed food-grade plastic, 60-gallon capacity. Repurposed in the USA. Barrels are wide, hard-topped with removable screw lids. They feature a mosquito screen, one plastic, threaded spigot, two ¾-inch overflow valves, two port location options. 39” tall, 24” diameter, 20 pounds empty. The company website features how-to videos on installation.

Quantities and Other Program Notes
Rain barrels are only available while supplies last. Installation is the customer’s responsibility.

The Department is doing research on rain barrel use. We ask that if you buy a barrel, you don’t mind us checking in now and again to see how your conservation efforts are going. Our customer service representatives will ask you to share your email address.

Rainwater Harvesting Registration Utah State law (Utah Code 73-3-1.5) allows rain catchment storage up to 2,500 gallons, with the following qualifiers:
A person may collect and store precipitation without registering in no more than two covered storage containers if neither covered container has a maximum storage capacity of greater than 100 gallons.

Collection and use are limited to the same parcel of land on which the water is captured and stored.

Collection in more than two (2) containers or greater than 100 gallons must be registered with the State of Utah. Registration is free. To register, please visit here.