Rain Barrel Program 2019

Rain BarrelOnce again, the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission will be offering our customers discounted rain barrels from the Great American Rain Barrel (TGARB) Company at wholesale prices ($69, a significant savings compared to a regular retail price of $119!). The deadline to order a rain barrel is Saturday, May 11, 2019 at midnight. Barrels will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9 am to 12 pm at our Operations Center, 71 Colton Street, Springfield.

NEW THIS YEAR! Residents in McKnight, Old Hill, and Upper Hill neighborhoods are eligible for a FREE rain barrel courtesy of the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission if they sign up to plant 2 or more trees on their property with the City of Springfield through the Greening the Gateway Cities Program. (Participants should place their order for their free rain barrel through a Greening the Gateway Cities Program representative when they sign up for trees – participants do NOT need to order through TGARB/regular program. Please scroll down for more information.)

How to Order (regular program):

Why Install a Rain Barrel?

In New England, residential water usage can increase as much as 60% during the spring, summer and fall seasons due to outdoor watering needs such as watering gardens and lawns, filling pools, and washing cars. Rain barrels are a low-cost conservation alternative to supplement some of these seasonal water needs. In addition, rain barrels capture rain water that might otherwise have flowed into storm drains, reducing combined sewer overflow (CSO) discharges into waterways.

The rain barrel works by capturing rain water from rooftops and collecting it in a 60-gallon barrel. The barrel is retro-fitted with a spigot for distributing water for outdoor uses such as watering the lawn and garden, or car washing.

Its only takes a ¼-inch of rainfall to fill the 60-gallon rain barrel when connected to a household gutter. In Massachusetts, it rains 130 days per year on average. If the rain barrel is used during half of those 130 days, then it will collect 3,900 gallons of water per year. That’s a savings of approximately $40 in tap water. For those who regularly water lawns and gardens, a $69 investment on a rain barrel will easily pay for itself in two to three years.

Rain Barrels + Free Trees = Even Better!

This year, the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission is partnering with the City of Springfield on their Greening the Gateways Cities Program to help promote tree planting in Springfield! Why?  Click here to learn how trees can reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs)! 

Residents in the 2019 planting zone in McKnight, Old Hill, and Upper Hill neighborhoods are eligible (click here to see the map). Participants may choose a free green, gray, or black rain barrel courtesy of the Commission if they sign up to plant 2 or more trees on their property. Supplies are limited, so interested property owners in these areas should register for free trees and their free rain barrel at https://www.springfield-ma.gov/ggcp or call the City’s 3-1-1 line for the spring 2019 planting as soon as possible (free rain barrels through this program are not available after May 9).  Participants may pick up their free rain barrel on Saturday, May 18 between 9 am and noon at the Commission’s Operations Center, 71 Colton Street.

(IMPORTANT REMINDER: Participants in the tree-planting incentive program do NOT need to order a rain barrel through the TGARB contacts at the top of the page. The Commission will work with the City to place the order for you.)