City of Cleveland Summer Rain Barrel Program

The City of Cleveland 2021 Rain Barrel Program is Back!


If you would like to be added to the waitlist for a sold-out workshop, sign up for the Rain Barrel Interest 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.


Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (Sustainable Cleveland) partners annually with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU), the Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s 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. 






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 at [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 06/18/2021