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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Put this rainy weather to good use

This rainy season is the perfect time to utilize rain barrels in your gardens.

Rain barrels are simple rainwater collectors that store runoff from a roof downspout.  The purpose is to temporarily hold water for irrigation and other exterior uses. It’s a great way to manage stormwater overflow on your property - and save money on your utility bill. 

The City of Portland offers financial incentives for using rain barrels in approved locations, where overflow water soaks into the ground. 

Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ downloadable guide to learn more about rain barrels.