Water & Sewer

Rain Barrel Sale

The Rain Barrel Sale is now closed. 

Information about the 2021 Rain Barrel Sale will be available in early March.

Home Delivery Update

Due to the unanticipated and overwhelming number of rain barrels ordered this year, the home delivery window has been extended. Deliveries will begin Monday, May 11, with all rain barrels delivered no later than June 10. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Rain barrel details

The rain barrel brand is called Free Garden Rain. Barrels hold 55 gallons/208 litres and are approximately 34” in height with a 24” diameter. Each Rain Barrel includes:

  • Leaf and mosquito filter basket
  • Overflow adapter and hose that allows multiple barrels to be connected
  • Spigot assembly

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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 Free Garden Rain. It is a 2 piece (base and lid), brand new rain barrel.

Can the lid be removed?

Yes the lid is held in place with 2 screws and can be removed for cleaning and storage. 

What colours are available?

The only colour available for this sale is off-white as shown in the picture on our website. 

How much does it hold and what are its dimensions?

The Rain Barrel holds 55 gallons/208 litres and is approximately 34” in height with a 24” 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. City facilities are current closed to the public, combined with social distancing rules did not leave any options for residents to pick-up their rain barrels. 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 $15 charge?

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. Even with the delivery fee the rain barrels are $30 cheaper than the same rain barrel at Home Depot.

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.

Rain barrel beside a house