Subsidized Programs for Private Property Flooding
50/50 Overhead Sanitary Sewer Cost Participation Program
Private Property Cost Share Drainage Program
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when the barrel is full? Is there an overflow diverter?
The barrels have a garden-hose-size spigot at the bottom, so you may attach a garden hose, landscape tubing, or drip tubing to the barrel. The barrels also have an overflow fitting towards the top of the barrel that allows excess water to be diverted away. Find more information by watching the video here.
What happens when the water in the barrel freezes?
Ideally, there should not be large amounts of water in the barrel that freeze. To prepare for winter, drain all water from the barrels, remove any hoses, open the spigot, and remove the cap from the linking fitting. Any remaining frozen water will not be enough to damage the rain barrel.
If a large amount of water in the barrel freezes, the barrel will crack and become damaged, which voids any warranty on the product. Make sure to drain the water from the barrel before it gets too cold!
Is there a recommended video that I can follow for installation?
The recommended method for installation depends on the placement of your downspout. If your downspouts are extended at the ground or go directly into the ground, follow the video here.
If your downspouts are above the level of the water barrel, follow the same instructions in the video above but instead divert the water into the barrel without making adjustments to the downspout.
How do you divert water from the downspout to the rain barrel?
There are multiple methods to divert water from the downspout to the rain barrel. First, place the rain barrel directly under the downspout. Depending on the configuration of the downspout, you may have to shorten the length of your gutter. Follow the video here for more information.
Alternatively, purchase a downspout diverter. Downspout diverters can be directly attached to the gutter to divert water to the rain barrel. Follow the installation instructions for the product you purchase.