Our Upcoming Events
Rain Barrel Program
Due to an outpouring of interest in the Oakland Rain Barrel Program, the City has exhausted its funds for subsidized rain barrels and the program is now officially closed. We appreciate your interest in rainwater harvesting. Please email us if you'd like to add your name to our mailing list to receive information on future availability of rain barrels, should new funding become available. Thank you for being a good water steward!
How to Get Your Rain Barrel (for residents who have already placed their order)
Store Pick Up: You can pick up your tank at the Urban Farmer Store, once you have received confirmation that your tank is available and in stock. Due to the overwhelming demand, most tanks will arrive about 45 days from the order date. The Urban Farmer Store is open M-F 7:30-5, Sat 9-5 and is located at 2121-C San Joaquin St, Richmond, just off the freeway between I-80 and I-580. Their phone is (510) 524-1604.
Home Delivery: If you prefer home delivery, the cost is $30 for tanks less than $205 gallons and $60 for tanks over 205 gallons.
Rain Barrel Distribution Events–West Oakland
For residents picking up rain barrels, distribution events will now occur every Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm at American Steel Studios at 1960 Mandela Parkway in West Oakland.
**You must have a scheduled appointment to pick up your tank, so please call the Urban Farmer store to make arrangements (510) 524-1604.
Note: 620 gallon tanks must be picked up at the Urban Farmer Store in Richmond and will not be available at the American Steel Studios site.
An in-depth rainwater installation workshop is being offered Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 1-4pm at Skyline High School. Please email us if you want to sign up.
If you wish to be notified of future rain barrel workshops or events email us.
Factors to consider when choosing your rainwater catchment system:
- Before you install – Plan your system so it does not cause erosion or allow water to concentrate near structures or another person’s property. For design assistance, contact a professional such as a landscape contractor, architect or engineer. See Information & Resources below, for a list of local rainwater resources & professionals.
- Soils – A variety of factors including slopes, soil types, high groundwater & stability may limit or prevent the use of certain capture systems. Soils range from having a high sand content to a high clay content, & therefore filter water at different rates. Consult with a professional to determine your soil type & the rainwater systems appropriate for your property.
- Mosquitoes – When implemented correctly, rainwater catchment systems do not allow mosquitoes to breed. Ensure that water infiltrates into the ground within five days or stored water is sealed & screened to prevent mosquito access. For more information, contact the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District.
Information & Resources
- Uses & Safety
- Tools & Installation
- List of Rainbarrel Installers
- Rainbarrel & Rainfall Map
- American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association
- Search Local Professionals (Zip Code)
- Harvest H20
- Homeowner's Stormwater Greening Guide - "Slow it. Spread it. Sink it!"
- EPA's Video: Sink It, Spread It, Slow It
- Fact Sheet on Rainbarrels & Cisterns
- Rainbarrels & Stormwater
Need Help or Have Additional Questions?
You may contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org using Rain Barrels as the subject heading.
Funding for this project has been provided in full or in part through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the State Water Resources Control Board, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use (Gov. Gov. § 7550, 40 CFR § 31.20)