Our Story

About BlueBarrel

We believe everyone should be harvesting rainwater, and BlueBarrel can help you do it from start-to-finish. (From rooftop-to-garden, that is!). There is no guesswork for our customers—just a system that works. 

BlueBarrel is your one-stop shop for do-it-yourself (DIY) rainwater harvesting, and also gravity-fed drip irrigation. We provide the tools, materials, and know-how you need to build your own rainwater catchment system, so you can get it right the first time.

Our proprietary BlueBarrel Rainwater Catchment System™ is a low-cost, flexible, reliable, and sleek-looking design made from re-purposed barrels—available as a mail-order kit for customers all over the USA. Because we work with recycled barrels, we offer the most affordable professionally-designed system on the market! 

We facilitate a local exchange for repurposed barrels so our customers can pick up barrels locally. And we’ll ship the rest of the materials to your doorstep in our customizable DIY (Do-It-Yourself) RainKit™!

Browse our site so to learn the whats, whys and hows of rainwater harvesting, and then order your DIY RainKit.

Click here to learn more about BlueBarrel and the specific benefits of the BlueBarrel Rainwater Catchment System.

Climate change is part of our collective reality. There’s never been a better time to begin a project that will empower you towards home-sustainability and resource stewardship.


Video Timestamps: 

  • 0:00 – About BlueBarrel, and the story behind the barrels 
  • 0:45 – Example BlueBarrel Systems from all over the USA
  • 2:00 – Creative configurations and designs
  • 5:00 – Special system features and customizations
  • 7:25 – How to customize your own system on BlueBarrel’s website
  • 11:40 – Popular rainwater harvesting accessories
  • 12:30 – Gravity-fed drip irrigation gear
  • 13:40 – How to order a single-barrel setup

*NOTE: This video was produced in October of 2020. Pricing, locations, and other information presented are subject to change.

Video credit: Thanks to FlowsToBay for producing this video!*
FlowsToBay is a public outreach campaign supporting clean water and watershed health in San Mateo County, CA. This video highlights local examples but keep in mind BlueBarrel serves customers all over the USA!

About BlueBarrel

Jesse with a BlueBarrel System built by participants in a Hands-On Installation Workshop.

Our Story: How it all Started…

Davis, CA native Jesse Froehlich Savou thinks everyone should be able to harvest rainwater, so she set out to make that possible, founding BlueBarrel in 2012.

Jesse developed her first catchment system in 2010 as an AmeriCorps project with Conservation Corps North Bay at the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden located in Novato, CA. Her assignment was to build a 1,500 gallon rainwater catchment system with a budget of only $1,000. She and project partner John came up with what ended up being the prototype for the BlueBarrel System, using 22 food-grade plastic barrels and associated hardware in a narrow corridor next to the farm’s greenhouse.

The system immediately proved workable, and Jesse decided to install one at her home… And then another… And then a third! With a few tweaks each time, Jesse refined what became known as the BlueBarrel Rainwater Catchment System™—now available nationwide as BlueBarrel’s DIY RainKit™ for you to install at your own place.

BlueBarrel now offers the tools and resources for successful home-installation experiences for rainwater harvesters everywhere!

Click here to start customizing your own BlueBarrel Rainwater Catchment System™ now—your friends at BlueBarrel are here for you!

(Click here to meet the rest of Team BlueBarrel!)




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