Build a Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel System
Building your own 55-gallon rainwater collection system using a food-grade plastic container isn't as difficult as it might seem. Here are some pointers.

Note: When using a 55-gallon recycled plastic container, be sure the container only had food-grade materials inside. Do not use a plastic container that was used for housing chemicals.
  1. Materials
  2. Tools
  3. Step 1
  4. Step 2
  5. Step 3
  6. Step 4
  • 1 - 55-gallon polyethylene plastic barrel. This may be available for free or low-cost from commercial car washes, bottling companies or other food businesses that use liquids.
  • 1 - 10-foot length of 2 inch PVC pipe
  • 1 - 2-inch PVC elbow
  • 1 - 2-inch female threaded by 2-inch PVC elbow
  • 1 - 2-inch male threaded by 2-inch pipe adapter
  • 1 tube silicone sealer/cement
  • 1 - 1/2-inch female threaded silcock (aka outdoor faucet or hose bib)
  • 1 - 1/2-inch threaded bushing
  • 1 - 1/2-inch female threaded socket
  • 1 roll teflon tape
  • 1 - 1-foot by 2 foot piece of old or new screen fabric
  • 1 - 1-gallon plastic bucket, tub or flowerpot
  • 4 cinder blocks
  • Paint to match your house color (optional).