Rain Barrel Workshops

The Energy Coordinating Agency and the Philadelphia Water Department are providing rain barrels to residents of Philadelphia’s watersheds free of charge, in order to promote the reduction of stormwater flows to our sewer system and creeks.

Current workshops

April 5, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8080 Hagy's Mill Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128
Click here to register. Capacity: 50 people

April 12, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Falls Presbyterian Church, 3800 Vaux St, Philadelphia, PA 19129
Click here to register. Capacity: 100 people

April 14, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Finanta Building, 1301 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Click here to register. Capacity: 45 people

April 30, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Torresdale Library, 3079 Holme Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136
Click here to register. Capacity: 60 people

May 5, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Walnut Street West Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 201 S 40th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Click here to register. Capacity: 90 people

May 20, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Mariposa Food Co-op, 4824 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Click here to register. Capacity: 25 people

The following workshops are being held at the Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600A Verree Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19115:

March 25, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Click here to register. Capacity: 60 people

April 29, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Click here to register. Capacity: 60 people

May 27, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Click here to register. Capacity: 60 people

The following workshops are being held at the People's Emergency Center, 325 N. 39th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104:

April 3, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Click here to register. Capacity: 60 people

May 1, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Click here to register. Capacity: 60 people

June 5, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Click here to register. Capacity: 60 people

Click here to be notified of upcoming workshops by email.

You must be a resident of Philadelphia in order to attend a workshop and receive a free rain barrel.

What is a Rain Barrel?

Rain Barrels are storage containers that collect rain water from downspouts. Downspouts lead the rain water from the roof to the ground or storm sewer. Rain barrels usually consist of a plastic storage container with lid, a system that diverts water into the barrel, an overflow that diverts water away from the house, a screen to keep out debris, and a water spigot to which a hose can attach. The rain barrel is connected into the downspout system, in order to capture and store some of the rain water.

Why would I want a Rain Barrel?

This storage of rain water serves dual purposes. First, the water can be used for purposes such as gardening, washing down patio furniture, lawn watering, etc. that otherwise tap water would have to be used for. This ends up allowing the owner to use the collected water for these uses instead of paying for tap water. Second, the rain barrels serve an environmental purpose. By storing the rain water, there is a decreased impact of stormwater runoff to streams which helps to protect the environment and minimizes sewer back ups. Please be aware that residents who install rain barrels are not eligible for a discount on their stormwater bill.

How can I get a Rain Barrel?

The Energy Coordinating Agency and The Philadelphia Water Department are giving away rain barrels to people located within the watersheds of Philadelphia. In order to receive a rain barrel, it is mandatory to attend a rain barrel workshop to be educated on the installation process and use of the rain barrel. There is a one-per-household limit. Rain barrel workshops are held in locations around the city throughout the year.

This is a voluntary and free program.

You must be a resident of Philadelphia in order to attend a workshop and receive a free rain barrel.

Please note that by installing a rain barrel, you will not get a credit on your stormwater bill.