Mayor Garcetti Says Free Rain Barrels ‘Sold Out’ Until January; Announces Rebates For Store-Bought Barrels

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that because of overwhelming demand, the free rain barrels made available on Monday are gone. 400 more barrels will be made available in January. Until then, Mayor Garcetti said, Angelenos can obtain a $100 rebate when they buy a rain barrel. Visit and click “Rebates and Free Stuff.”

“Using rainwater to water your yard lowers your water bill and helps conserve our drinking water supply,” said Mayor Garcetti, who last month issued a sweeping executive directive to reduce water use and address our drought (see “It’s tremendous to see Angelenos respond so strongly to our call for action against the drought.”

Rainwater that falls on the roofs of houses can be collected and conveyed through roof gutters and down spouts to a rain barrel. Collected rainwater can be used for watering plants and irrigating gardens or lawns.

The $100 rebate is enough to cover most, if not all, of the cost of a residential rain barrel.