All year long, residents ask, “Do you have free rain barrels?” and we take their contact information for the opening of the rain barrel project, which opens in late Spring every year. Download the forms and flier below to apply.
BPDC participates in the rain barrel giveaway program because excess stormwater damages properties, waterways, and wildlife habitat in our neighborhood. Stormwater management is smart for the neighborhood as a whole AND individual property owners.
YOU could get a free rain barrel if you complete all the necessary forms (very easy), have a residence in Ward 16, don’t have one yet, and have the property owner’s permission. This means that renters can qualify, too, if your landlord complies!
Contact Rachel if you want to get an update on the status of the program.
Please fill out the 4 forms below the program description link and return to 14703 Puritas Ave. to apply for a rain barrel:
(The BPDC form is because we want to install your diverter if you can’t do it yourself AND we want to be able to be a witness to the barrel installation during the workday in case you are not available.)
- Other opportunities to earn rain barrels are offered through the Cuyahoga Soil Water Conservation District (CSWCD) through their rain barrel workshops. The workshop schedule is available on their website here and are open to all Cuyahoga County residents. You can even purchase more than one from them.
- Rain gardens, another popular way to reduce stormwater run-off and enhance properties, are another credit-worthy home improvement according to NEORSD. CSWCD makes it even easier to install a rain garden with their rain garden kits and rain garden resource websites.
- The Annual Big Creek-Chevy Branch Clean-up helps improve our water quality AND decrease flooding and needs your help. Meet other volunteers on Saturday, May 30th in the W. 130th St. area and help clean the Chevy branch of the Big Creek, which eventually empties into the Cuyahoga River and then Lake Erie, the source of our drinking water.
- New for 2016, the city of Cleveland is offering two free workshops for residents on how to make a rain barrel. The participants take home barrels they make at the workshop. The first date is set for July 8th.