Rain Barrels

One of the ways you can do your part to take advantage of the upcoming rain is to get a rain barrel.

To motivate you, the Metropolitan Water District, in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, is offering a $100 rebate for barrels 50 gallons or larger, essentially making them free.

Keep LA Beautiful also gives away limited amounts of free rain barrels. To receive one, you must pre-register online and attend a 30 minute workshop for a demonstration of how to properly install and maintain the rain barrel. Only one barrel will be provided per household and you can only register for one session.

To register, you must enter your address and provide a photo ID. Residents are responsible for taking their rain barrel home.

The next workshop is scheduled for this Sunday Dec. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at LAPD Devonshire PALS. You must register by Dec. 4.

To register for the event, visit http://bpw.lacity.org/klab/rainbarrels/.

For information about the rebate program, call (888) 376-3314 or visit http://socalwatersmart.com/.