2021 Rain Barrel Sale sold out!

For those that ordered, the curbside pickup will be Saturday, June 5 at the back of the Wal Mart Pen Centre parking lot. You can arrive any time between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to pick up your barrel.

Please note: We will be following the advice of Public Health Officials and adhering to any government restrictions with regards to COVID-19 at the time of the pick-up.

 Rain Barrel Photo

Why you Should Get a Rain Barrel

  • Reduce water pollution by keeping rain water out of the sewers.
  • Reduce the amount of bacteria, oils, grease and other pollutants from getting into local waterways.
  • In areas with combined sewer overflow systems, the redirection of downspouts into a rain barrel diverts excess water from wastewater treatment plants.
  • Rain barrels are ideal for plants. Rainwater doesn't contain minerals, chlorine and other chemicals so it will help your plants thrive.
  • Reduce peak water demand. Reducing the amount of treated municipal water used outdoors lowers the peak water demand during the summer months.

Rain Barrel Maintenance and Winter Storage


Rain Barrel Maintenance

After completing the connections on your new rain barrel it is important to have the correct set-up on your property.

  1. It is important that the overflow hose located at the bottom of the barrel is faced away from your home to prevent pooling of water at the foundation.
  2. Make sure the barrel is on a flat surface for proper use of the rain barrel for watering.
  3. If the barrel is exposed to areas of high wind, place a heavy object on the side of the debris screen so that it stays secured.


Winter Storage

Due to our seasonal climate, it is important to store your rain barrel properly over winter. Improper storage could lead to damaged parts due to the harsh winter weather. For best practices follow these steps.

  1. Drain all water from the barrel, flip and let dry.
  2. At minimum keep the barrel flipped downward so water does not accumulate. For best practice, store indoors or cover with a tarp.
  3. Drain and disconnect the hose and store indoors.
  4. Attach a longer downspout piece or use a flexible downspout extension so meltwater is directed away from the foundation.

It is also a good idea to clean your rain barrel of debris and buildup before storing for the winter. Bacteria can build causing foul odors and unhealthy water.

 Rain Barrel Disposal

If your rain barrel is damaged you have two options for disposing of it;

  1. Recycle your Rain Barrel
    Rain barrels can be dropped off at:
    The Recycling Centre
    5030 Montrose Rd., Niagara Falls
    Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Rain barrels are too large to be collected at the curb for recycling.
  2. Curb Side Collection - Garbage
  • Rain Barrels can be placed at your curb side for pick-up, so long as it is booked as a Large Item Pick-up.
  • Call Miller Waste Systems
    at 1.833.621.0726 or visit the Niagara Region website for more details.
  • Simply call at least two working days before your regular garbage collection day to make arrangements.

 Rain Barrel Issues?

If you have an issue with your rain barrel purchased at the City's rain barrel sale please contact the manufacture below:

Forest City Models and Patterns Ltd.

157 Gerald Parkway, Thorndale, ON  N0M 2P0
Phone: 519.858.5795 
Fax: 519.858.9196


For any required missing or replacement parts, please call Environmental services at 905-688-5601 X2194. 

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