How you can help keep Lake Champlain clean:

Install a Rain Barrel

One easy way to help protect lakes, rivers is to collect rainwater in mosquito-proof containers known as rain barrels.

The collected water can be used to water your lawn or garden. Whatever options you choose, keeping stormwater off hard surfaces and allowing natural infiltration will keep your property looking great, protect your drinking and recreational waters and maybe even save you money.

How to Install a Rain Barrel


  • 55 gallon plastic drum
  • 3/4″ brass hose bibb (faucet)
  • 1 1/4″ nylon hose barb
  • 1 1/4″ sump pump hose, 6′ long
  • Plastic plant pot, 9″ round
  • Fiberglass window screen
  • Section of a bicycle tire tube


  • Saw
  • Drill
  • 5/8″ hole saw (for nylon hose barb)
  • 1″ hole saw (for faucet)
  • Utility knife or rasp to scrape/file away burrs on the cut hole

Step by Step

Step 1. Drill small hole in center of barrel cap.
Step 2. Use widest part of flowerpot as a stencil to draw a circle on barrel cap.
Step 3. Use stencil to cut a hole from the cap.
Step 4. Remove cap and place window screen over the open barrel, secure with cap.
Step 5. Drill hole for faucet about 2 inches from bottom of barrel with 1-inch hole saw. Wrap plumbers tape around the hole and secure faucet to barrel.
Step 6. Drill hole at top of side with 5/8th” hole saw. Secure hose barb to barrel with screws.
Step 7. Position rain barrel in a secure position near gutter (rain barrel is heavy when full).
Step 8. Cut gutter about 6″ higher than top of barrel.
Step 9. Add on elbow joint facing opening of barrel, use the needle-nose pliers to crimp the two pieces together.
In the fall empty your rain barrel and store upside down to keep the barrel from cracking.

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