City of Cleveland Summer Rain Barrel Program


Information on the 2022 Rain Barrel Program will be announced in Spring 2022

If you would like to be notified, sign up for the Rain Barrel Interest Form: 2022 City of Cleveland Rain Barrel Program - Resident Contact Form or contact Sustainability Coordinator, Patti Donnellan at [email protected] or call (216) 664-3972 or (216) 664-2455. Please note that we cannot guarantee a spot or reserve a barrel for those waitlisted. This contact information will not be shared or used for any purpose other than to provide updates on the Rain Barrel Program.


In an effort to reduce stormwater runoff, help residents save money, and engage Cleveland youth, the Summer Rain Barrel Program provides City of Cleveland residents with rain barrel systems free of charge. At the workshop, you will learn more about the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's Stormwater Management Program and Individual Residential Property Credit; learn how to properly care for your rain barrel; see how rain barrels are assembled; TAKE HOME A FREE RAIN BARREL!


In order to participate, you MUST:

  • Be a homeowner within the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) and Cleveland Division of Water (CWD) service area.
  • Complete rain barrel installation following the workshop by installing the downspout diverter and properly connecting the rain barrel.
  • Agree to all Terms and Conditions stated in this Eventbrite registration form.


Sustainable Cleveland partners annually with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU), the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), local Community Development Corporations (CDCs) Cleveland Water Pollution Control (WPC) and Cleveland Water to employ City of Cleveland high school students to assemble and distribute the rain barrel systems free of charge to Northeast Ohio residents within the NEORSD and CWD service area. 


The 2021 Rain Barrel team put together a great video - check it out here: Rain barrel diverter installation presented by the 2021 SYEP Rain Barrel team


Program Alternatives:


How do I obtain a rain barrel this year?

Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District is currently holding no-contact rain barrel pick-up events. If you'd like to be placed on a list for upcoming events, email Amy Roskilly [email protected] 

To learn more:


What are the benefits of utilizing a rain barrel?

A rain barrel is a form of stormwater management that collects rainwater by diverting some of the water from your downspout into the barrel. The collected water can be used for various purposes, such as watering gardens/lawns or washing cars. Up to 40% of summer water use is for irrigation, so the use of rain barrels is an important contribution to water efficiency.


Rain barrels are a stormwater control measure that are eligible for the NEORSD Stormwater Fee Credit. Click HERE for a summary of NEORSD’s Stormwater Management Program. If you have specific questions concerning the Stormwater Fee or Fee Credit, please contact NEORSD's Customer Service Department at 216-881-8247. 


Find the stormwater and rainbarrel FAQs here.

*Updated 05/11/2022