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Rain Barrel Program

2021 Rain Barrel Program

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission is offering customers discounted rain barrels through The Great American Rain Barrel (TGARB) Company at wholesale prices ($79, a significant savings compared to a regular retail price of $119!). The deadline to order a rain barrel is Monday June 7, 2021 at midnight. Barrels will be available for pickup on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 9 am to 1 pm at our Operations Center, 71 Colton Street, Springfield.

Please note that pick-up is available ONLY on Saturday, June 19th between 9am and 1pm. Advanced or late pick-up will not be available. 

How to Order:

Curbside Pick-up and COVID-19 Protocols

To maintain social distancing and adhere to COVID-19 protocols, customers can safely and easily pick up their rain barrel from the Commission’s Operation Center located at 71 Colton Street, Springfield.

When you arrive at the Operations Center please pull-up to the rain barrel distribution station, located in the parking lot. A Commission employee will collect your order information and bring your rain barrel for contactless pickup.

Please wear masks during pick-up

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.