Rain Barrels

Rain Barrels are an important way for residents of Buffalo, Erie, and Niagara Counties to save water and reduce the amount of polluted runoff entering our streams, creeks, rivers, and Lake Erie. Rain Barrels are considered a type of Green Infrastructure because they collect rain from roofs that would otherwise be lost to the sewer.  Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER has a goal of distributing 1000 rain barrels annually to Erie and Niagara Counties in order to combat the problems of our Combined Sewer System.  Help us Keep the Rain from the Drain! To learn more about Riverkeeper’s Green Infrastructure activities in Buffalo and why it is important, Click Here.

RIVERKEEPER rain barrels have the capacity to hold 60 gallons of rain water, stand 39″ tall by 24″ wide, and weigh approximately 20 lbs. empty.  Colors are available in Forest Green and Nantucket Gray. Built with a durable wall with a thickness of 3/16″, these barrels are one of the Brown Rain Barrelmost durable on the market.  Each UV protected polyethylene barrel is made in the USA from a recycled food grade shipping barrel, previously used to import olives.

Your rain barrel comes complete with installation instructions, overflow fitting, drain plug, screw on cover with a mosquito-preventing screen, and a threaded spigot positioned 14″ from ground level.

Why Use a Rain Barrel?

Rain Barrels are an easy and important way for everyone to conserve water and reduce the amount of pollution being carried into our waterways. When excess water from rain or melting snow starts to flow, it finds its way to our stormwater drains. On its way there, it picks up any materials or particles that it comes in contact with, and carries them down the drain and into the waterways (i.e. Scajaquada Creek, Buffalo River, Niagara River).  These materials can include: debris, soil, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, engine oil, gasoline, grease, radiator fluid, litter, etc. Setting up a rain barrel beneath a downspout collects fallen rain and preserves it.

  • It prevents that rain from running down the street and into the closest stormwater drain.
  • It prevents sewer systems from overflowing and spilling untreated sewage into local waterways.
  • The water can be used to water your garden or wash your car, and whatever else you think of.
  • Residents of Buffalo, Erie, and Niagara Counties: do your part to save water and reduce the amount of polluted runoff entering our streams, creeks, rivers, and lakes.  Help us keep the rain from the drain!  Set up a rain barrel!

Our rain barrels are now on sale!

If you have questions about purchasing a rain barrel or want to place an order, please contact Jarrett Steffen at jsteffen@bnriverkeeper.org or 716-852-7483 ext. 19.

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