Water & Sewer

Rain Barrel Sale

The City of Hamilton’s 2021 Rain Barrel Event will be held strictly ONLINE this year.

This year the City of Hamilton is pleased to partner with RainBarrel.ca, an experienced rain barrel provider that was part of this sale for a number previous events.

Due to COVID-19, no in-person event will be held. Rain barrels can be ordered online from March 22 until May 15, 2021.

Orders available online only

Visit http://www.rainbarrel.ca/cityofhamilton to order your rain barrel. The rain barrels offered as part of this sale are $45 each plus a one-time $10 delivery fee per location.  

Please note that the sale will end on May 15, 2021 and all rain barrel deliveries will take place between April 30, 2021 and May 31, 2021. 

2021 Rain Barrel Sale

Credit, debit, Interact e-transfer & Paypal accepted online. Rain barrels can only be ordered online and delivered within the City of Hamilton (Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook, Hamilton and Stoney Creek). There is no pick-up option available.

Rain barrel details

  • Model: Sandstone Rain Barrel (pictured)
  • Cost: $45 (+HST) plus $10 shipping (per location)
  • Size: Approximately 23” wide by 38” tall
  • Weight: Approximately 24lbs (empty)
  • Capacity: 240 litres / 60 gallons

Each Rain Barrel includes:

  • Leaf and mosquito filter basket
  • Spigot/tap and clear dispensing hose with hose clip
  • Overflow adapter and hose that allows multiple barrels to be connected in series

Additional accessories can be purchased at a cost.

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City of Hamilton rain barrel sale 2021 - sandstone model

Why are you having the sale?

Rain Barrels are a good way for residents to capture water to be used in gardens and other outdoor uses that normally would go into the sewer. Rain Barrels also help with storm water management by removing the load on the sewer systems during a heavy rainfall.

What is the type of rain barrel being sold?

The brand is called Sandstone Rain Barrel 240L / 60 Gallon. It is a 1 piece, brand new rain barrel.

Can the lid be removed?

No, the lid is part of the barrels construction. The leaf and mosquito filter basket can be removed. 

What colours are available?

The only colour available for this sale is sandstone (pictured). 

How much does it hold and what are its dimensions?

The Rain Barrel holds 240L / 60 Gallons and is approximately 38” in height with a 23” diameter.

Can multiple rain barrels be linked to each other?

Yes, they can by connecting the overflow hose to another barrel. 

What happens if we get more rain than the barrel can hold?

The overflow hose will direct any overflow away from your house. You can also buy multiple    barrels and connect them together to capture more water during rain events.

How do I store my rain barrel in winter?

The barrel should be completely emptied and stored in a garage if possible. If it is left outside make sure it is fully emptied, the tap is open and the top is covered to prevent water from entering or it can be turned up side down for the winter.

What are the geographical boundaries for home delivery?

The home delivery option is available to all residents with an address within the amalgamated City of Hamilton.

Why is home delivery the only option?

Home delivery is the only option this year due to the restrictions around COVID-19. The sale event that usually takes place at Mohawk College was cancelled. By having home delivery as an option we could continue with the sale this year and still offer residents rain barrels at a discounted cost.

If home delivery is the only option, why is there a delivery fee?

We have offered a home delivery option for a fee for the last few years as an alternative to residents who do not want to pick up their rain barrels. The delivery is coordinated by the vendor and the fee is to cover that cost. The delivery fee is only charged once per location. If you order multiple rain barrels to the same location you will only be charged this fee once.

Why is my email required at check-out?

The email address is used to send a payment confirmation and may be used to contact you if there is an issue with your delivery.

Will the sale only be online in the future?

The plan moving forward is to continue the Rain Barrel Sale as we have in the past with an in-person sale day event, online ordering for pick-up and home delivery option. 

Downspout disconnection and rain barrel installation

  1. Ensure the ground beneath the rain barrel is firm and level. You may want to consider using a patio stone as a base. Raising the rain barrel off the ground also improves water flow out of the barrel through the hose.
  2. Cut the downspout 4 to 6 inches above the top of the barrel using a hacksaw and tin snips. Keep the remaining portion of the downspout so it can be reconnected when the rain barrel is winterized. 
  3. Install a short, flexible pipe or a downspout elbow onto the cut downspout to direct water into the opening at the top of the barrel. 
  4. Run the overflow hose into a nearby garden and away from your foundation.