When the program is active, there are limited number of rain barrels are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to residents of MDC member towns (Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor). Customers are limited to one rain barrel per household and must show identification when picking the barrel up at a future scheduled distribution date. Rain barrels are not available to customers that have already received one from a previous MDC distribution program.
NOTE: THE RAIN BARREL PROGRAM HAS ENDED AS OF JANUARY 1, 2015 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Rain barrels are also available for purchase at area hardware and home improvement stores.
A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from your roof by diverting runoff from the downspout of your gutter system. Using a rain barrel can help the average homeowner save about 1,300 gallons of water during peak summer months.
Rain barrels offer many important benefits including:
Installing a rain barrel is a quick and easy process. To start capturing rainwater, all you need is a barrel, diverter or downspout elbow, about an hour of your time and a few tools your probably already own. To get started:
Locate a downspout from which to collect rain
Place leveled cinder blocks where your rain barrel will sit. The blocks should be tall enough for a watering can to fit below the spigot
Determine a location to cut the existing downspout and cut with hacksaw
Attach a flexible diverter or downspout elbow from the existing downspout to the top of the rain barrel
Place the rain barrel on the center of blocks; you’re now ready to harvest rainwater!
Like most things around your home, your rain barrel needs a little attention to keep working properly. Following these tips will ensure that your rain barrel will provide you many years of reliable service: