It’s raining and you need a rain barrel to collect water from your roof. Why? Because it’s free water that would otherwise leave your property. By using a rain barrel, residents can collect water for later use, reduce runoff to the ocean and save money on their water bills. The program’s rain barrels can capture and store 50 gallons of water and can fill up quickly, even in small storms. On 1,000 square feet of roof, an inch of rain yields over 600 gallons of rainwater.

City residents: get a rain barrel, get a rebate

Helix customers living in the cities of La Mesa, Lemon Grove and El Cajon are eligible to receive rebates of $35 per rain barrel for up two barrels. For information and to find a rebate, go to

County residents: attend a webinar, get a free rain barrel

We have great news for residents living in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. County residents can receive one free rain barrel when they view a rainwater harvesting webinar on Sunday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m.

The free rain barrel program is possible thanks to a partnership between the Solana Center of Environmental Innovation and the County of San Diego. After attending the webinar, eligible customers must choose a pick-up event to receive their rain barrel(s). Only the first 200 eligible households can qualify to receive one free rain barrel.  Customers may also purchase additional rain barrels in advance of the pick-up event. See the program’s website at for purchase and available rebate information.

The first pick-up date is Sunday, February 6, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation in Encinitas. The second pick-up date is Saturday, February 12, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon.

The program is only available for a limited time, so sign up today at


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