What is a rain barrel?
Rain barrels (generally made out of a 55 gallon food-grade barrel) collect the water that runs off of the rooftops of buildings typically by way of a gutter or downspout. The water collected is ideal for watering garden or lawns, as well as other household chores such as washing cars or windows.
Why use a rain barrel?
Rain barrel are a great tool to conserve water and reduce stormwater runoff. During the summer months, outdoor tasks such as watering lawns and gardens typically make up about 40% of household water use. With seasonal droughts, restrictions and bans on lawn watering, and the increasing cost of water, it makes sense to use rain water instead of municipal water for outdoor uses as it results in significant cost savings for residents. Unless it is collected, rain water runs off impervious surfaces, such as roofs and pavement, gathering pollutants which often end up in local streams, rivers, pond, lakes and marine waters. Keeping and using rain water on your property helps reduce pollution, erosion and improves local watershed health. For additional information on the benefits of rain barrels, check out the MassDEP website.
Rain Barrel Workshop
Are you interested in attending a FREE rain barrel building workshop? The Franklin DPW is partnering with the Charles River Watershed Association, the Coca Cola Company and River Network to provide a free workshop for Franklin residents. After completing this workshop, you will have the tools you need to recycle rainwater at your home. Your rain barrel will help save water and protect our waterways! There is limited space and materials, so hurry and sign up today!
THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL.
If you are interested in attending a future workshop, please fill out the form below to be notified when a workshop is planned.