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Rain Barrels

Rain barrels capture and store the rainwater running off a rooftop. The harvested rainwater can be stored for later use, released slowly over time, or be used immediately for watering lawns and landscaped areas, or washing cars. Rain barrels come in a variety of sizes and shapes to suit a homeowner’s water needs. RiverSmart Homes offers two types of rain barrels for installation: RainGrid RiverSides rain barrel and Stormworks Hydra rain barrel. These barrels are enclosed to eliminate the chance for mosquitoes to breed and have an overflow mechanism to move excess water away from the foundation of your house.

The RainGrid RiverSides rain barrel provided by DOEE through the RiverSmart Homes program has the following features:

Rain Barrels

  • 132-gallon capacity
  • Made with recycled plastic and is UV-treated to resist fading, warping, and cracks from direct sunlight
  • Closed design resistant and to mosquitoes and debris
  • Diverter box to bypass or collect rainwater depending on season/need
  • Automatic overflow connection
  • Weighs approximately 35 lbs when empty
  • 51” height
  • 27 3/4” diameter footprint
  • Includes brass spigot and 30-foot soaker hose

The Stormworks Hydra rain barrel provided by DOEE through the RiverSmart Homes program has the following features:

  • 116-gallon capacity
  • UV-treated to resist fading, warping, and cracks from direct sunlight
  • Closed design to resist mosquitoes and debris
  • Manual diverter to bypass or collect rainwater depending on season/need
  • Automatic overflow connection
  • Weighs approximately 58 lbs when empty
  • 54” height
  • 47.1” length
  • 18.3” width
  • Includes brass spigot and 30-foot soaker hose

 

How a Rain Barrel Works

Rain barrels connect to the downspout from your roof. They should be located in an easily accessible area and not too far from the area where you intend to use the stored water (e.g., a garden or lawn).

To facilitate their use, rain barrels should be elevated. Rain barrels should also have an overflow device that directs water away from the foundation of your house.

Benefits of Rain Barrels to the Homeowner

Rain barrels require little maintenance and are a great way to save money and conserve water as a natural resource. With a rain barrel you can

Want to have rain barrels in your property? RiverSmart Homes can help.

DOEE’s RiverSmart Homes program offers up to two rain barrels per property for a $50 copayment per each RainGrid River Sides rain barrel and for a $70 copayment per each StormWorks Hydra rain barrel.

Rain Barrel Rebate Program

DOEE also offers the Rain Barrel Rebate Program for homeowners who do not want to wait for the stormwater audit or want a different type of rain barrel than the one offered through RiverSmart Homes. Rebates are issued as a direct reimbursement to homeowners at a rate of $2 per gallon captured. For example, a 50-gallon rain barrel would yield a $100 rebate after installation. Rebates may not exceed $1,000 per property and rebate amounts may not exceed the cost of the barrel. More information, including rain barrel criteria and application materials are available at the Rain Barrel Rebates page.

Rain Barrel Maintenance

To ensure easy, convenient use of your rain barrel, review the document below and/or follow these simple suggestions:

To replace RainGrid Riversides rain barrel parts (filters, spigots, and diverter boxes) visit: shop.raingrid.com

To replace StormWorks Hydra Rain Barrel parts email info@stormworkspgh.com

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