City of Cleveland Summer Rain Barrel Program

Announcement: Rain Barrel Program 2020 is Suspended


Unfortunately, we are sad to announce that the City of Cleveland will not be hosting it's annual rain barrel workshops in summer 2020. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our residents, employees, and summer youth workers.


Current safety protocols and restriction recommendations on gatherings during COVID-19 prevent us from holding the Summer Rain Barrel Program this year. We remain hopeful that we will be able to host the program in 2021 and encourage residents to share their contact information with us so we can keep you updated when the program resumes (link below).


This contact information will not be shared or used for any purpose other than to provide updates on the Rain Barrel Program. Thank you and we appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented times. Rain Barrel Interest Form:


In an effort to reduce stormwater runoff, help residents save money and engage Cleveland youth, the 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 08/31/2020