Frequently Asked Questions
Rain Barrel Questions
Rain barrels are food-grade, repurposed rain barrels which hold 55 gallons of water. The barrels are purchased and assembled locally reducing our carbon footprint as well as creating jobs for local businesses. All Grwoign Ambler Greener: Clean Stream Clean Water rain barrels have a lid to prevent mosquitoes and to ensure child safety.
The barrels measure approximately 22 ½" in diameter by 36 ½" tall. The barrel bows out in the middle to approximately 24" in diameter. Barrels can vary slightly in precise dimensions, but all are 55-gallon capacity.
Yes, you need to purchase the proper attachments, The Ambler EAC will inspect your site and provide infomration about where you can purchase the correct attachments.
We recommend raising the rain barrel on an elevated base to increase the water pressure needed for hose use. Without a base, barrels can settle into the ground on a soft surface like grass or dirt.
You will need to have the rain barrel platform in place on the day of installation. We recommend purchasing 6 cinder blocks and placing them in the location where the rain barrel is to be installed. The platform should be level and no taller than 18 inches. A platform or base may not necessary if the barrel will be installed on a hard surface like cement, although raising the barrel will help increase water pressure needed for hose use.
Due to the high demand we can only offer one rain barrel per household.
An Ambler EAC volunteer can help you install your rain barrel. Email the Ambler EAC to set up a rain barrel installation, if you did not set one up at the workshop.
The Rain barrels are fully enclosed, so there is no standing water available for mosquitoes to breed.
A soaker hose is like a garden hose except designed to be porous and “leak” water down the whole length of the hose. Coil the hose around the base of a large plant you want to water or snake it through your flower beds. When the water is flowing it will slowly soak the ground and go directly to the roots instead of splashing all over the plant. A soaker hose can be attached to your rain barrel with the spigot left slightly open.
You will receive an instruction package at the time of install with maintenance information. One of the most important things to do is to drain the barrel in the winter and put in the winterization plug. Don’t forget to empty your rain barrel between storms to maximize collection of stormwater.
Our goal is to have your barrel installed within one month after you attend a workshop.
Note: These measurements do not include the trim around the top of the planter which adds approximately 1.5" to each side of the box. In addition, all boxes are 2' high. The final height of the box will be greater once it is placed on blocks.
- Width x Length | Storage Volume
- 1.5' X 3' | 18 gallons
- 1.5' X 4' | 24 gallons
- 2' X 2' | 16 gallons
- 2' X 4' | 32 gallons
No. Downspout planters are very heavy once installed. Without fully evaluating the construction of your deck, roof or roof deck, we cannot determine if the structure would support the planter. For this reason we only install downspout planters at ground level.
Yes, you can install a downspout planter on your front sidewalk as long as it does not extend beyond your front steps or block the pedestrian right of way and drainage can be conveyed back to the sewer system. Downspout planters cannot drain to the public sidewalk due to the potential of creating ice in the winter.
The wood planters are built out of pressure-treated lumber, lined with EPDM pond liner, and finished with PVC plumbing components.
Plants will be selected based on the sun conditions you request when placing your order. All plants are drought-tolerant perennial or grass species that should do well with the moisture conditions in the planter. As well, the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society recommends plants that are low maintenance, native species when possible. Please note that plants are complementary through Growing Ambler Greener: Clean Streams, Clean Water and specific plant selections are not guaranteed. For species recommendations, click here.