City of Cleveland Summer Rain Barrel Program

Rain Barrel Program

In an effort to reduce stormwater runoff, help residents save money and engage Cleveland youth, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability has partnered 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) and the Cleveland Division of Water (CWD) 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. 




RESIDENTS WITHIN THE CWD AND NEORSD SERVICE AREA (i.e. you receive a monthly and/or quarterly bill from NEORSD and CWD) are eligible for rain barrels free of charge through the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability’s Summer Rain Barrel Program. Interested residents must complete required paperwork and agree to all terms and conditions of the program, as stated in the online registration form. 


How do I obtain a rain barrel?

For upcoming build-your-own rain barrel workshops hosted by the Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District, visit:




Our program  runs June-August each year. If you are inquiring about the Rain Barrel Program outside of the program months and you would like to be added to the wait list for next year, please contact your local Community Development Corporation or fill out the Rain Barrel Program Interest Form


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 Customer Service Department at 216-881-8247. 


Stormwater & Rain Barrel FAQ sheet

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