Rain barrels available for residents in 52 Massachusetts communities at a lower price

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There are several communities in Massachusetts offering rain barrels at wholesale prices to supplement outdoor water needs.

Rain barrels capture rainwater from rooftops when it is connected to a gutter from the house and have a spigot for outdoor use such as watering lawns, gardens, washing cars and filling swimming pools. According to the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, residential water usage can increase as much as 60% during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.

Only ¼-inch of rainfall is needed to fill the 60-gallon rain barrel, 3,900 gallons of water, is an equivalent to approximately $50 in tap water. 

Residents can order a 60-gallon rain barrel in one of four different colors from the Great American Rain Barrel Company for $79 which is lowered compared to the retail price of $119. To order, visit The Great American Rain Barrel Company and select “Massachusetts” under community programs. The following western Massachusetts communities are offering the rain barrel.

  • Belchertown
    • Deadline for ordering: 6/20/2021
    • Pickup date: 6/25/2021 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Location: Swift River Greenbelt Park – 1st Street Cul De Sac, Bondsville
  • Easthampton
    • Deadline for ordering: 6/27/2021
    • Pickup date: 7/7/2021 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    • Location: Easthampton Municipal Parking Lot – 50 Payson Ave, Easthampton
  • Egremont
    • This program is now closed for ordering. (5/1/2021)
  • Palmer
    • Deadline for ordering: 6/20/2021
    • Pickup date: 6/25/2021 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Location: Swift River Greenbelt Park – 1st Street Cul De Sac, Bondsville
  • Springfield
    • Deadline for ordering: 6/07/2021
    • Pickup date: 6/19/2021 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Location: Springfield Water and Sewer Operations Center – 71 Colton St Springfield
  • Westfield
    • Deadline for ordering: 6/02/2021
    • Pickup date: 6/09/2021 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Location: Westfield DPW 28 Sackett St   Westfield, MA 01085

For a complete list of communities in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Louisiana and Utah visit https://www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com/community/.

“Rain barrels are good for two reasons. Number one, conserving water is one of the best ways to help us out of drought conditions, and also get free water and other things like that,” said 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Kelly Reardon.

Help your community manage its water supplies, minimize storm water runoff and start saving money on your water bill that will pay for itself in about two years. Orders must be placed online by midnight on the date indicated and the barrels will be available for pickup at the location listed for your community.

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