Rain Barrels Oh, Contain Yourself!

Rain barrels and cisterns are becoming very popular among conservation-minded property owners, and for good reason. They are loved by gardeners, residents trying to reduce flooding in their yard or basement, and anyone who is committed to doing their part to make their community better.

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff into storm drains and streams. With the right rain barrel properly sited, sized, and installed, the water can slowly soak through the ground and into the water table, being cleansed by soils and plants along the way. StormWorks offers high-quality, state-of-the-art rain barrels designed for this region, to seriously get the job done.

StormWorks currently features two different rain barrels (pictured above):

The NMRWA rain barrel is our own locally produced barrel. Made of recycled plastic, it holds an impressive 133 gallons of stormwater and with its removable lid, the barrel is easy to install and maintain. Its unique siphon overflow system is designed specifically for urban areas and allows a homeowner to control exactly where their water will drain. Outfitted with a downspout diverter, this barrel can handle the elements and be left outside year round.

The Moby rain barrel is the smaller of the two barrels. Made of recycled plastic, this barrel holds 65 gallons of stormwater, has a removable lid, and features two passive overflow ports. It features a lid with a built-in screen to catch any debris from your roof. It is ideal for smaller roofs, such as a porch or garage. Outfitted with a downspout diverter, this barrel can handle the elements and be left outside year round.

Questions? Please call Luke at 412-371-8779 ext. 120 or email luke@ninemilerun.org

Need tips on how to winterize your rain barrel? Visit our rain barrel tips page!

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