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Rain Barrel Program

The Office of Green Infrastructure is helping residents get free or discounted rain barrels to create a more sustainable and resilient City!

Summer 2023, the City of Boston received over 22 inches of rain in just three months. Conversely, in 2022 the City experienced drought, receiving only 0.77 inches during the month of July. The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events is expected to keep increasing, threatening both more floods and more droughts. Rain barrels can be part of the solution!

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What Are Rain Barrels?

Rain barrels are Green Infrastructure features that:

  • Reduce flooding by capturing rainwater from roofs and gutters
  • Improve water quality by keeping pollutants out of our waterways
  • Provide an alternative source of water during droughts
  • Help residents save money on their water bill
GETTING A RAIN BARREL

To increase access to rain barrels for City residents, the City of Boston has a program to provide access to discounted rain barrels AND hosts periodic lotteries to give away free rain barrels.

Discounted Rain Barrels

All City of Boston residents are eligible to purchase a discounted rain barrel through the City’s Community Rain Barrel Program!

The market price of a 55-gallon rain barrel is $119-160. Discounted rain barrels through the City’s partnership with The Great American Rain Barrel cost $80-$89 (varies by color). 


HOW TO BUY A DISCOUNTED RAIN BARREL:

If you have a disability that prevents you from moving the 20-pound barrel, please email us: green.infrastructure@boston.gov

TIMELINE:

Summer Distribution: Rain barrels must be purchased by Monday September 2, 2024 at 11:59 PM (EST)

Pick Up: Rain barrels will be available for pick-up on Wednesday September 11, 2024, 4-6 p.m. (EST)

Address: Orleans Packing Parking Lot, 1715 Hyde Park, Hyde Park, MA 02136 

Do not purchase if you cannot pick up at this time and location

Rain Barrel Giveaways

The City hosts annual Rain Barrel Giveaways to reduce flood risk, prevent pollutants from entering our water bodies, and help residents save on their water bills! 


GIVEAWAY RULES:
  • Must be a resident of the City of Boston

  • Must pick up rain barrel in Boston

  • One rain barrel per residential unit

  • One rain barrel per resident per calendar year 

If you have a disability that prevents you from moving the 20-pound barrel, please email us: green.infrastructure@boston.gov

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Sign-ups for the 2024 Spring Rain Barrel Giveaway are now closed.


TIMELINE:

Our next giveaway will be in Spring 2025

In the meantime, consider purchasing a discounted rain barrel through our Community Rain Barrel Program!

Sign up for our newsletter or follow us on social media (@BosGreenIn) to stay informed about future giveaways!  

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