Rain Barrel Project

The Rain Barrel Project is not running at this time!

Rain, rain, don’t go away. We have a rain barrel giveaway!

Want to save money and protect the environment? We have your solution! Sterling Heights is now offering a free rain barrel for residents.

Rain barrels help you collect and conserve rainwater in a barrel for future use. By reducing stormwater runoff and conserving water resources, you help the planet and your budget!

Rain Barrel
rain barrel

The Project

Rain Barrels are provided by MI Rain Barrel and were built using food-grade drums previously used to transport items like pickles which would otherwise end up in a landfill.

You’ll get everything you need including a 58-gallon barrel, a stand made from reclaimed wood and a package of mosquito dunks to keep your captured water fresh and clean.

Signing up is quick and easy, and so is the installation.

Our 400 rain barrels have already been claimed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the benefits of rain barrels?
Rain barrels provide natural softer and free water which saves you money, lowers your carbon footprint and reduces stormwater run-off helping preserve our Great Lakes and Mother Earth, all at the same time.

How quickly does my rain barrel fill up in a average rain?
During a normal rainfall, even 1/10 inch of rain can collect up to 63 gallons of water (off of an average 1000 sq. ft roof). This means that most rain barrels will fill up in 5 minutes!

How much does mirainbarrel hold?
Due to the nature of the container being only previously used food grade, our rain barrels vary in size, you may see color and size / design variation. We try hard to keep them as similar to our original design as possible. Average sizes are 180L, 192L, 200L, 220L. Each contained various foods we commonly eat at restaurants. Mostly you will see 220L barrels.

More FAQ can be found on the MI Rain Barrel website here.