Rain Barrels

The City of Gardner will have a limited supply of Rain Barrels for purchase, June 1st through June 17th 2016.
Cash or check payments will be accepted in Health Department office during normal business hours.  No fees will be accepted at the transfer station.

Important Information
  • $25 Cash or Check must be given to the Board of Health Department to secure your rain barrel
  • Rain barrel can be picked up at the Transfer Station, 744 West Street,     on June 18th between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.  
  • Limit of 2 per household
  • Color is light gray
  • Size is 55 gal.
  • The barrel comes with installation instructions, spigot, screws, overflow hose and clamp

Click here for the rain barrel information sheet.

For more information on the benefits of rain barrels, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's website.

What is a rain barrel?

A rain barrel is a system used by a homeowner to collect and store rainwater from the roof of a home. The water harvested is soft, fresh water that can be used for a variety of purposes, including lawn and garden watering, topping off pools, and washing cars. Water from home faucets is treated to a level allowing it to be safe to drink, while natural rain water has the pH level ideal for water and plant growth. Rain water harvesting helps to divert rain from storm drains, decrease the impact of runoff to streams, and minimize sewer overflows during heavy rainfalls.

Why use a rain barrel?

Rain barrels allow homeowners to collect and store rainwater to be used at a later time. In doing so, homeowners use less water from the faucet, conserving both water and energy in the home as well as the energy needed for water facilities to treat the water that would have been consumed. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of domestic water usage during peak summer months. Rain barrels save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water each summer, reducing the demand for clean water. Rainwater harvesting helps homeowners to reduce their water bills while conserving water and protecting the environment.

Why the FreeGarden™ RAIN rain barrel?

Committed to environmental sustainability, Enviro World provides cost effective, high quality environmental containers to homeowners and residents, and expertly designed and supported waste diversion programs and green initiatives to municipalities and governments.


  • 55 gallon/208 litre rain barrel
  • insect resistant stainless steel screen
  • higher spigot accommodates most watering cans
  • easy multi-barrel installations
  • as many as 3 barrels fit in the back of a regular sedan
  • 3 additional spigot mounting locations
  • childproof lid and stable footprint
  • square shape ideal for flush-to-wall and corner installations
  • 34”h x 24”w x 24”d
  • saves most homeowners 1,300 gallons of water each summer
  • helps restore soil to ideal pH levels
  • conserves water, protects the environment, and lowers water bills