Rain Barrel Workshops

The City of Falls Church, Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, Arlington County, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, and the City of Alexandria are holding joint Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshops and Rain Barrel Distribution Events throughout 2016.

Rain barrels protect natural resources and reduce runoff. For more information, go to the Northern Virginia Rain barrel program.

Registration is required through Northern Virginia Rain barrel program for building and distribution events.

Build-Your-Own Rain Barrel Workshops
At this workshop you will learn how to build, install, and maintain a rain barrel, and take one home! Cost for a build-your-own barrel is $55 each. Limit 2 rain barrels per household at each workshop. Visit the Northern Virginia Rain barrel program for additional details.

Upcoming Workshops
There are several upcoming rain barrel workshops in the region. Visit the Northern Virginia Rain barrel program to learn more and to register.
  • March 5, Mason District, Annandale
  • April 2, Walter Reed Center, Arlington
  • April 16 Green Acres Center, Fairfax
  • May 7 Operations Bldg, Alexandria
  • May 14 Walker Nature Center, Reston

Rain Barrel Distribution & Sale
Choose this option if you would rather leave the dirty work to us and purchase as many barrels as you want for $65 each. You must buy in advance and pick up on the designated date.

Upcoming Sales

  • June 4, 2016
  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Falls Church Property Yard
    7100 Gordon Road
    Falls Church, VA 22046 (Map
  • Questions? contact kallan@fallschurchva.gov
As part of a regional initiative, NOVA Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) offers low-cost rain barrel sales. Unlike our build-your-own rain barrel workshops, the sales (or distribution events) include all pre-made barrels for a slightly higher price.

A rain barrel is placed under the downspout to collect water from the roof. The rain barrels hold approximately 50 gallons. They are 23 inches wide and range from 41.25 inches to 43.75 inches tall.

Rainwater collection can help you save water for use in your yard, eliminate potential flooding in your basement, and reduce stormwater management costs. Water running off your roof during a rainstorm can be a problem or a resource put to good use

You must show up at the date and time you register for to pick up your rain barrel. Before you attend the distribution, download Things to Think About Before Installing Your Rain Barrel.

Reserve your rain barrel. Reservation closes 3-4 days prior to the event. The fee is $65 per barrel. Only two rain barrels will fit in most vehicles.

Refunds will not be issued for cancelled registrations or no shows. If you are not able to make a workshop for which you are registered, please notify the rain barrel program immediately. We will do our best to reschedule you for a subsequent program. Only one opportunity to reschedule will be given.