The 2013 Rain Barrel Program has concluded. Please fill out the form to be put on a waiting list for potential future distribution.
The Rain Barrel Program has concluded for 2013. When available, the MDC offers a limited number of rain barrels 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 scheduled distribution date. Rain barrels are not available to customers that have already received one from a previous MDC distribution program. To be put on a waiting list for potential future distribution programs, register online below or contact Ellen Tedford of the MDC via email at email@example.com.
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: