What is a rain barrel?
A rain barrel is a storage container connected to a downspout that captures stormwater runoff from the roof.
You can use the stored water for your non-edible plants or outdoor cleaning. Reduce your water consumption and manage stormwater runoff at the same time!
Participant cost: Rain barrels $25 deposit
About rain barrels:
Materials: Clean Streams, Clean Water uses clean, repurposed 55-gallon food-grade plastic barrels, which means they have been used in the past to carry food items or other non-toxic materials.
Dimensions: Each rain barrel is approximately 22.5” diameter and 36.5” in height. The barrels “bow out” in the middle to a diameter of about 24”. Exact dimensions may vary.
Installation: Is available for the $25 deposit. Resident's supply necessary diverter as directed.
Mosquitos: Rain barrels have a screened top to prevent mosquitoes.
Overflow: Once the barrel is full, excess water will flow throw back into your downspout, or the rain overflow may be directed towards a rain garden using an overflow hose.
Rain barrel maintenance:
Rain barrels are very low maintenance and only require a few easy actions:
Empty: Empty your rain barrel completely before each rainstorm (full barrels can’t capture stormwater!)
Clean: Clean out any sediment or leaves that collect at the bottom of the barrel using the removable caps on the top of the barrel.
Keep gutters clean: Keep your home’s gutters free from leaves and debris. Clogged gutters can keep your rain barrel from filling properly.
Winterize: In the winter, drain your barrel and detach it from the downspout. A winter plug is provided to seal the hole in your downspout.
To sign up for a rain barrel at your home, sign up for a workshop (attendance is required before installation).
Homeowner may install one rain barrel plus one other stormwater feature.
Video credit: The Philadelphia Water Department