what is a rain barrel?

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rain water from your roof before it becomes polluted runoff.

rain barrel benefits:

  • Helps to mitigate the problem of stormwater runoff.
  • Reduces flooding on your property.
  • Saves money spent on household water use.
  • Provides plants with soft water, free of chlorine, lime or calcium.
  • Conserves water for use during droughts.

rain barrel building workshop

Thursday, September 20, 2018


Time:  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location:  300 Main St., Schwenksville
Fee*: $40
*Advanced registration required

Presenter:  Jessie Kemper, PWC's Conservation Coordinator

Rain barrels are containers that collect and store rain water to be used for watering plants, cleaning yard equipment, or topping off a swimming pool. Among their many benefits, rain barrels prevent the water they collect from becoming polluted stormwater that runs off our properties and roads into local streams. Save money on water and prevent stormwater run-off pollution by building a rain barrel at this workshop, led by Jessie Kemper, PWC's Conservation Coordinator. All the supplies for making the rain barrel will be provided and you will be led through the process of putting your barrel together so you can take your barrel home to decorate and install on your downspout. Rain barrels sell for $150 or more, but you can build one with us for less than half of that! Register early - space is limited!