Rain Barrel Program

Rain barrel and display at Beebe Library

2022: Discounted Rain Barrels Offered to Wakefield Residents

The Department of Public Works annual rain barrel program is one of their most popular initiatives of the year. From now until May 1, residents can purchase a Great American Rain Barrel (GARB) for discounted price of $79. These barrels are produced in Massachusetts and are 100 percent repurposed. According to GARB, it takes less than 1/8 inch of rain to fill a well-situated 60-gallon barrel. 

Barrels can be ordered online and will be available for pick up on Thursday, May 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wakefield Public Works Facility on North Avenue. Deadline for purchase is May 1, 2022, at midnight. Several color options are available.

The Great American Rain Barrel is a local food importing company that has been repurposing shipping drums into Rain Barrels since 1988. The Great American Rain Barrel Co. has been an approved vendor by the MASS DEP since 2010. 

Why invest in a rain barrel?

  • A rain barrel can pay for itself in one season
  • Rainwater has no chemicals, chlorine, or fluoride – great for your plants and lawn
  • At least $200 of precious rain water splashes off a 1000 sf roof in one season 
  • Help stressed trees and gardens during dry spells
  • In 2016, 48 percent of towns in Massachusetts had water bans
  • Rain barrels help towns manage water supplies and stormwater runoff