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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

Put this rainy weather to good use

February 10, 2015

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.