Installing a rain barrel on your property is one of the most productive measures you can take to manage stormwater. Not only will your rain barrel capture excess stormwater that can be used in your garden, it will prevent nearby streams and waterways from overflowing with runoff.
Rosemary Howard, PHS Residential Stormwater Assistant Program Manager, leads our collaboration with the Philadelphia Water Department to provide complimentary rain barrels for Philadelphia residents. She reviews the benefits of installing a rain barrel for those who are unfamiliar. If you live in the city of Philadelphia and do not have a rain barrel, sign up for a free Rain Check Workshop, then attend the mandatory information session to learn more about the barrels’ function and maintenance. Once you have attended the workshop, PHS and PWD will schedule delivery and installation of your rain barrel free of charge. Note: You must attend a workshop and submit a waiver signed by the homeowner.
For those who already have their rain barrels, Rosemary provides a refresher on reconnecting the barrel to spring mode, as they need to be disconnected over the winter to prevent freezing.