Rain Barrel Program has ENDED for 2019.
We've recently partnered with Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (SWSC) to bring you a limtited time opportunity. If you sign up for two or more trees on your property this spring, you are eligible for a free rain barrel from the Great American Rain Barrel (TGARB) Company!
Note, that we are seperate from the Springfield Water and Sewer Commissions annual rain barrel sale. If you qualify for a free rain barrel, a GGCP Forester will take your order when they do a site visit with you. If you would like to buy a rain barrel from SWSC, please visit their site at http://waterandsewer.org/education-and-community/rain-barrel-program/
Because so many people were interested in rain barrels we've extended our promotion! Our new deadline to have a site visit and to get a rain barrel is Thursday, May 23rd. Our new pickup date will be June 1st at SWSC facility on 70 Colton Street, Springfield, MA.
If you are not able to make this date, please contact Joe Pellegrino at 413-750-8022 or email Jpellegrino@springfieldcityhall.com and we can make special arrangements.
Directions on installing your new water barrel. They do not come with the flexible converter. You can either put it directly under your downspout or purchase one at the Great American Rain Barrel Company or any hardware store. Both will work just as good!
In New England, residential water usage can increase as much as 60% during the spring, summer and fall seasons due to outdoor watering needs such as watering gardens and lawns, filling pools, and washing cars. Rain barrels are a low-cost conservation alternative to supplement some of these seasonal water needs. In addition, rain barrels capture rain water that might otherwise have flowed into storm drains, reducing combined sewer overflow (CSO) discharges into waterways.
The rain barrel works by capturing rain water from rooftops and collecting it in a 60-gallon barrel. The barrel is retro-fitted with a spigot for distributing water for outdoor uses such as watering the lawn and garden, or car washing.
Its only takes a ¼-inch of rainfall to fill the 60-gallon rain barrel when connected to a household gutter. In Massachusetts, it rains 130 days per year on average. If the rain barrel is used during half of those 130 days, then it will collect 3,900 gallons of water per year. That’s a savings of approximately $40 in tap water. For those who regularly water lawns and gardens, a $69 investment on a rain barrel will easily pay for itself in two to three years.