HomeH2O Program

Why Collect Rain Water?

You pay for water three times—once to buy it from a utility, once to heat it using natural gas or electricity, and once to dispose of it as wastewater.

In Colorado, it’s estimated that 1.2 gallons of water are consumed per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy used. 13% of the nation’s energy use is by the water sector.

Our 2019 Group Buy for Rain Barrels was a success!

We’ve sold out for this Spring order, but check with us about future group orders.

Dimensions: 42.5″(h) x 22″(w) x 18″(l) We recommend two barrels for maximum rainwater harvesting benefits.

Call us at 970-259-1916, ext 110 for more information!

Pick up day is scheduled for ONE DAY ONLY, Saturday, May 4th from 10am-4pm at La Plata County Fairgrounds, the area past the horse arena. Please note that we don’t have storage capabilities so you must pick up on that day or find a good friend to pick up in your place.



In 2018 the rain barrel purchases had the potential to conserve  396,000 gallons of water  with 66 new rain water harvesting barrels even with severe drought conditions. In 2017 we reached at least 120 residents and the potential to save up to 720,000 gallons of water collectively in our region every year. That’s 1,116,000 gallons total – almost enough water to fill roughly TWO Olympic-size swimming pools. That’s about 6,000 gallons per 1,000 square feet of roof during the rain water collecting season, March-October.

What’s Happening in the 2019 HomeH2O Program?

Rainwater Harvesting Demonstration Sites Coming to Your Neighborhood!

Through the generous support of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Southwestern Water Conservation District and La Plata County in recognition of the importance of water conservation education and practices, 4CORE is designing and installing three rainwater harvesting demonstration sites at the Powerhouse Science Center, the Pine River Library and the Bayfield Elementary School. Look for the completed sites later this summer.

2017 “DIY Build a Rain Barrel” Workshops

Hands-On Workshops provided the how-to construct your own rain barrel with recycled rain barrelsWe had over 60 participants in five workshops in the region who raved about the water conservation information by water harvesting professional, Doug Pushard from HarvestH2O .

Very informative and hands on.
Loved it all – the class prior was filled with invaluable info & hands-on rain barrel making was easy & a practical, logical, & progressive activity to teach the community
Great Agenda! Learning about water first and then building the rain barrel.

Images by Jennaye Derge of the Durango Telegraph and Laurie Dickson

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Doug Pushard founded HarvestH2O.com over 10 years ago as a personal expression of his interest in the subject of rainwater catchment and water conservation. Doug has been published and featured in several magazines, including: ARCSA Newsletter, BUILDERnews, New York Times, High Country News, Back Home, EcoStructure, Green Fire Times, Home Power, Lowe’s Online, OnTap, Plenty, Santa Fe Real Estate Magazine, Santa Fean Magazine, Smart HomeOwner, SUN Monthly, Sustainable Santa Fe, Sustainable Taos, Timber Home Living, Taos News, Turf Magazine, Water Today, Fox News, Green Patriot Radio and others. Additionally, Doug has presented on rainwater and water conservation at conferences around the United States.

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