Are rain barrels illegal in Sacramento?

04/03/2014 11:06 AM

04/03/2014 11:07 AM

Q: I read a comment from a neighbor on that collection of rainfall in barrels is illegal in the City of Sacramento. Is that true? If so, why? – Raquel Beckett, Sacramento

A: That is a common misconception. Under current city code, rain collection by homeowners and residential rain barrels are legal in the City of Sacramento, according to Jessica Hess of the city’s Department of Utilities.

The issue is if that rain collection becomes a “nuisance,” attracting mosquitoes. If the barrel is kept bug-free via fine-mesh screens or other mosquito blockers, it’s OK.

You can learn more about rain barrels and rain collection at the upcoming Elk Grove Greener Gardens DIY Expo on April 26. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Miwok Park on Village Tree Drive in Elk Grove. For details, click here. In addition to the expo, the event features a free self-guided tour of homes with water-wise landscaping.

Roseville will host a similar Greener Gardens event on May 17 at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center. For details, click here.

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