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 saves money and natural resources.
Rain barrels can be purchased at stores or can be made at home from clean, recycled food-grade barrels.
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Learn more about Save The Rain’s Rain Barrel Program and see our upcoming workshops dates.
Local vendors of pre-made rain barrels include the following:
Nightingale True Value
Chuck Hafner’s Farm Market & Garden Center
Syracuse Barrel Co.
Bronstein Container Co.