Rain Barrels... a way to conserve water and help reduce runoff!

ICPRB sells rain barrels and offers informative rain barrel workshops.  Our workshops cover installation and safety tips, as well as ways to use the barrel in your landscape. Check our calendar below for workshop dates.little black barrel

What makes a Rain Bear rain barrel so special?

Rain Bear Rain Barrels are the best design for our region. They are repurposed food-grade barrels and their black color makes them UV-resistant so they will last outside for years. The barrels have an indented, screw-top lid that allows the water to slow and drop into the barrel. A screen in the lid (that can easily be removed for cleaning) prevents mosquitoes from using the barrel as a place for breeding and keeps debris out of the barrel. Compression fittings on the shoulders and at the spigot mean we don't use glue or tape that can fail over time. With the barrel, we provide an 8-foot overflow hose (1 1/2 inch) and a standard 3/4 inch brass spigot that will fit standard garden hoses. Barrels hold about 60 gallons of rainwater.

Learn more--Rain Barrel Project Fact Sheet

How do I get my barrel?

Our Rain Bear barrels can be purchased by emailing Becky Wolf (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and then picked up at one of the following partner locations in Maryland:

  • Stadler Nurseries in Frederick and Laytonsville
  • Accokeek Foundation, Accokeek (301-283-2113)
  • City of Greenbelt (available through August 31, 2014) - arrange pick-up with Luisa Robles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 240-542-2153.

You can also purchase and pick-up barrels in Virginia through the Town of Berryville. Barrels are available by appointment. Contact Alison Teetor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange payment and pickup.

Where does my money go?

Our partners receive partial funds from each sale to help with their watershed education efforts and to offset the costs of barrel storage and maintenance. ICPRB uses any surplus funds to provide free educational workshops and assistance on watershed-wise practices to schools and community groups.

Can I fit one in my car?

The barrels hold about 60 gallons of water and are about two feet in diameter and about 3.5 feet tall. If you have a smaller car, bring tie down straps in case it will not fit into your trunk completely.

More Information on Rain Barrels and Rain Bear Set Up

Download the Rain Barrel Owner's Manual.

Watch this video from the City of Rockville, Md., to decide if rain barrels are right for you.

We also have a couple videos to help with your set up.

Alternative Installation Techniques for Rain Bear Rain Barrel from Jenny Willoughby on Vimeo.


Using Your Rain Bear Rain Barrel in the Garden from Jenny Willoughby on Vimeo.

Workshops

We offer several workshops throughout the year to accommodate you. More workshops may be added as the season progresses.  Workshops are open to all and free, regardless if you purchase a barrel or not.

 

Upcoming Workshop & Barrel Pickup Date/Time Location Register
No workshops are planned at this time.    
     

MONEY BACK FOR BARRELS!

Some jurisdictions are offering rebates for making green upgrades to your home. Some offer money back for barrels, conservation gardens, green roofs and other green practices. We do not handle rebates. Please contact your Attending a Rain    Barrel Workshopjurisdiction directly if you have questions. Please email us if you have additional rebate information for your jurisdiction and we will gladly add it to this page.

Montgomery County, Md. is offering rebates through their RainScapes program. The RainScapes Rewards program for the County is a $200 rebate (must capture 200 gallons) for single family homes and $100 rebate (must capture 100 gallons) for town homes. There is also a rebate for small cisterns, rain gardens, and other watershed-friendly actions. Visit the Montgomery County RainScapes webpage.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , RainScapes Program Planning Specialist at 240.777.7759 with questions about the RainScapes rebates.

The City of Rockville is offering rebates to city residents (city residents do not qualify for Montgomery County's rebate).  At this time, financial rewards will be granted to residential properties for the installation of rain barrels, conservation landscapes and increasing tree canopy. Residential properties are offered a financial rebate of $50 per rain barrel for up to four (4) rain barrels.  If you are interested in obtaining and using a rain barrel, please visit the city's rain barrel page and follow the guidelines. For more information, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 240.314.8877 or visit the city's Rainscapes page.

The City of Gaithersburg is offering rebates to city residents (city residents do not qualify for Montgomery County's rebate). The rebates are offered to single family residential property owners who install rain barrels on their property. Rebates will be in the amount of $50 per barrel with a maximum of four barrels per household. Complete eligibility requirements and design criteria are included in the rebate application. For more information, contact Environmental Services (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or visit the city's Rainscapes Rain Barrel webpage.

Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources runs a rebate program. This rebate program, through the Clean Water Act Fee, includes rain barrel rebates of $50 for individual residence or individual members of a housing cooperative for rain barrels setups that capture 100 gallons. Multi-family dwellings, nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations, and housing cooperative receive a $100 rebate for rain barrels setups that capture 200 gallons.

The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) is offering to install 132 gallon rain barrels to District of Columbia homeowners at a reduced cost of $30 per rain barrel. The rain barrel installation is a part of a larger program through the DDOE called RiverSmart Homes. This program offers incentives to homeowners interested in reducing stormwater pollution from their properties. Homeowners receive up to $1,200 to adopt one or more of the following landscape enhancements: shade trees, above ground cisterns/rain barrels, permeable/porous pavers, rain gardens, and BayScaping. For more information about this program, visit ddoe.dc.gov/riversmarthomes or contact Jenny Guillaume at 202-535-2252. Download the fact sheet.

Questions?

If you have questions about rain barrels, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 301.274.8107.