Media Release

County Offering Rain Barrels for Sale

Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:00 AM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department is offering Ivy Rain Barrels at a discounted price to encourage residents to conserve precious water resources as well as to protect water quality.

The rain barrels can be purchased directly through the program’s website using a credit card. There will also be a limited number of rain barrels on the day of the sale on a first come first served basis. The normal retail is $129, but through this special promotion, they are only $75.

Online orders must be made by March 12, 2017, for pick up at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center on March 18, from 9 a.m. until noon.

The rain barrel captures rainwater from rooftops by connecting to the home’s downspout. This water would typically be sent down the storm drain carrying potential contaminants and contributing to flooding. The cumulative effect of rain barrels implemented throughout a geographic area can have a significant impact on storm water management and water quality. Water collected by the rain barrels can be used for gardens, lawns, and washing cars.

Features of Ivy Rain Barrels include:

  • They are made in the USA.
  • They are made of 100% recycled plastic.
  • Their dimensions are 42.5”H x 22” W x 18” L.
  • They have child proof and bug proof lids.
  • They have 3/4" ball valves that easily connect to garden hoses.
  • Three rain barrels easily fit in the backseat of a mid-sized sedan.
  • All parts are included and they are ready to set up.
  • They are gravity fed. No pumps are required.

“This program is an important step toward protecting clean water in our community from stormwater pollution, because it offers an inexpensive and proven option to help people make a difference in their own backyards,” said Water Conservation Coordinator Stacie Greco. “They also make great holiday gifts – just print a picture and wrap it.”

For more information, visit the rain barrel program website or contact Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829 or


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).