Rain Barrels

A rain barrel is a water tank used to collect and store rain water, typically from rooftops via rain gutters.

The use of a rain barrel reduces the amount of stormwater from roofs that runs off of lawns and into sewer systems. Because combined sewers in Syracuse can overflow during wet weather, the use of rain barrels can help reduce the amount of pollutants going into Onondaga Lake and its tributaries.

The water collected in a rain barrel can be used for watering lawns and gardens, washing cars, agriculture, or for the other multitude of needs for water in the home. Rain barrels help to conserve water which save money and natural resources.
Rain barrels can be purchased at stores or can be made at home from clean, recycled food-grade barrels.

The City of Bremerton, Washington, has a nice web page for making your own rain barrel. Many other web sites are available for help on making your own rain barrel. YouTube even has rain barrel how-to videos.

Click here for more information about the STR Rain Barrel Program

Local vendors of pre-made rain barrels include the following:


Ace Hardware
Fayetteville
(315) 637-7696

Ballantyne Gardens
Liverpool
(315) 453-0621

Lowes
Syracuse
(315) 350-2801

Lowes
Cicero
(315) 350-8961

Walmart
Clay
(315)622-5401

Nightingale True Value
Marcellus
(315) 673-2001


Nightingale True Value
Syracuse
(315) 433-5150

True Value
Baldwinsville
(315) 695-2394

Chuck Hafner’s Farm Market & Garden Center
North Syracuse
(315) 458-2231

Syracuse Barrel Co.
Syracuse
(315) 479-7249

Bronstein Container Co.
Jamesville
(315) 469-6191