PWD Offering Decorative Rain Barrels

The Philadelphia Water Department is offering rain barrels to local businesses, libraries, and any faith-based sites, free of charge for both the barrel and installation process! Besides just looking great, these decorative rain barrels allow the capture of storm water and help prevent the overflow of our sewer system. The process is simple and quick, with just a phone call away!

Local residents can also receive a rain barrel, after attending a mandatory workshop. Workshops are offered several times a month.

For more information or questions about the program or criteria, please contact Jeanne Waldowski at 215-685-4945

Rain Barrel Workshops are Coming Up!

The Philadelphia Water Department and the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) are providing free rain barrels to Philadelphians.  Rain barrels work by capturing stormwater through disconnected downspouts that collect rain water from roofs. Water that flows into the rain barrel can then be used for irrigating our gardens, window boxes and  and lawn watering.

To receive your free rain barrel complete with installation,  attend a rain barrel workshop. These workshops are held in locations around the city throughout the year.

To learn more about the rain barrel program and to see if there are workshops near you, visit

Also, check out PWD at next week’s Climate Smart: Artists Respond to Climate Change event. Chris Anderson from the Water Department Public Affairs Division will be participating. For more information:

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