Rain Barrels

RESIDENTIAL RAIN BARREL PILOT PROGRAM

Rain Barrels for DELIVERY

The City of Green Bay is launching a pilot program in the summer of 2022 to gauge interest in the use of rain barrels to harvest rainwater.   Pre-registration is required, and this is a first come, first- served FREE offering.  One (1) rain barrel and one (1) diverter kit, per eligible*, owner-occupied residential address. WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.  REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 15, 2022 OR WHEN PROGRAM IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST. 

Public Works will deliver rain barrels to resident’s homes in late July – early August 2022. The homeowner is responsible for the proper assembly and installation of the rain barrel.

Benefits of Harvesting Rainwater 

Rain barrels are used for the collection and storage of rainwater from rooftops by capturing water from a downspout. The water collected in a rain barrel may then be used later for watering plants, lawns, and gardens. This technique of rainwater harvesting is greener and cheaper alternative to using tap water. Rainwater is also better for plants than tap water because it is slightly acidic, contains nitrates, and is free of salts and minerals. Rain barrels offer opportunities to learn about water conservation and the amount of stormwater that is shed from roof surfaces. Rainwater harvesting is a quick and easy way to improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff.

Why Use Rain Barrels?

Get FREE water by the barrel from your roof and use it when it’s dry outside to give thirsty gardens, flowers, and trees a drink.  Rain barrels help prevent rain from becoming polluted stormwater runoff – a big threat to the area’s rivers and lakes. Installing a rain barrel is an easy way to do your part to protect the East River, Fox River, and the Bay of Green Bay.

*Eligibility & Conditions

  • Program participant must reside within City of Green Bay
  • One rain barrel per residential, owner-occupied household
  • Rain barrel must be installed at the residential property address given on the registration form
  • Valid email address must be provided in the registration form. An email address is required to get a reservation number and to receive messages about the City’s rain barrel program.
  • The residential structure (house or garage) where rain barrel will be installed must have rain gutters and 2x3 or 3x4 inch downspouts.
  • Participants must allow, if requested, a City representative reasonable access to their home to verify the installed rain barrel. 

Reserve your Rain Barrel Today - Request for Service registration form.

Rain Barrel Workshops - Please check back later. 

How to Install Your City of Green Bay Rain Barrel

Follow the instructions in the RainStation User Guide to make sure your rain barrel is set up correctly at your home. Instructions are available in English, French, and Spanish. Instructions in the Hmong language will be available soon. Some assembly is required, and installation includes drilling a hole into the downspout to connect the diverter to the rain barrel. The rain barrel and diverter kit are not compatible with round downspouts.

The City of Green Bay thanks the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and Fresh Coast Guardians for the use of the rain barrel installation video and other educational resources. 

Rain Barrel Installation & Care

Questions about the installation or care of your rain barrel? Here are some helpful resources to help you maintain your rain barrel. 

RainStation Planter Top User Guide

Diverter Rain Barrel Care & Maintenance