Install a Rain Barrel

A one inch rainstorm produces 700 gallons of water runoff from the average home roof.
That’s equal to 17 baths or 58 showers!

A rain barrel captures water from your roof and downspout and stores it for later use. The water can be used to water your lawn or garden, plants and even for washing your car. In a typical summer season, a rain barrel will save the average homeowner 1,300 gallons of tap water normally used for outdoor watering needs.

rain-barrelOver one million gallons of water have been conserved through the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy’s rain barrel program!

Rain Barrel Benefits

  • Reduces water bills
  • Captures rain to water your garden
  • Reduces stormwater runoff, pollution and prevents erosion
  • Lessens the demand for energy-intensive, chlorinated tap water
  • Recharges ground water naturallyl

Build Your Own Rain Barrel

Attend a FREE Gunpowder Valley Conservancy rain barrel workshop to learn how to build and install your own rain barrel. Gunpowder Valley Conservancy provides you with supplies and can guide you through the installation process. Thank you to McCormick and Company, Inc. for donating food containers to be re-purposed into rain barrels for these workshops.

Register online for our next rain barrel workshop. 

Download our Rain Barrel brochure for more information

(Brochure does not reflect current prices as of January 1, 2020. It will be updated soon.)


  • Each rain barrel costs $70 (includes assembly kit).
  • Gunpowder Valley Conservancy members are eligible for a discounted rate of $60/barrel. Become a member today!

Save water, save money, and save our local waterways!

The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy's Clear Creeks Project has grant funding to provide 50% discount on rain barrels to residents in the project watersheds. Each rain barrel costs only $35! Residents are also eligible to receive installation assistance FREE of labor charges.

View our map to determine if your property is located in the Clear Creeks Project area.

For more information, contact Peggy Perry, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, Clear Creeks Project Manager.



"A rain barrel is a simple way to help the Bay."

~ Rita Kurek, at a Gunpowder Valley Conservancy rain barrel workshop she hosted for her neighbors

"The barrel itself is simple and well designed so it is very easy to use and effective at collection. Both barrels have solved issues with drainage."

~ Janet Shamaugh, who installed two rain barrels at her home