Rain Barrel Sale 2018

Rain BarrelThe Springfield Water and Sewer Commission is offering rain barrels from the Great American Rain Barrel Company at the wholesale price of $69, a significant savings compared to the retail price of $119. The deadline to order a rain barrel is Sunday, May 6, 2018 at midnight.  Barrels will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 9 am to 12 pm at our Operations Center, 71 Colton Street, Springfield.

How to Order:

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.

For more information, please call (413) 452-1300 or email ingrid.williams@waterandsewer.org.