Our Story

About BlueBarrel

BlueBarrel is your one-stop shop for do-it-yourself (DIY) rainwater harvesting. We provide the tools, materials, and know-how you need to build your own rainwater catchment system – and at the most affordable price on the market! 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.

We facilitate a local exchange for repurposed barrels (we have barrel pickup sites in 10 different states), and we’ll ship the rest of the materials to your door in our customizable DIY (Do-It-Yourself) RainKit™!

Browse our site to learn about 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.

With climate uncertainty in the collective conscience, there’s never been a better time to dig in to a project that will empower you towards resource independence and stewardship of our global hydrologic cycle.

 

 

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

The Santa Rosa, CA resident developed her first 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. Jesse 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 in Sonoma County… 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 home, school, or farm.

The original farm project is still functioning, and the largest of the systems BlueBarrel has completed to date is a private residence with 42 barrels that irrigate a 250-square-foot vegetable garden.

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 read meet the rest of Team BlueBarrel!)