More Rain Barrels Available!


The Nine Mile Run Rain Barrel Initiative is one of the largest projects of its kind in the U.S. Since the initial installation of 500 barrels in 2004, we have continued to refine the program, including designing and producing our own barrel and increasing our outreach and education to program participants. Our goal is to provide residents with easy, practical, and affordable ways to improve the health of their watershed.
The NMRWA barrel is manufactured by a local family-owned plastics company, holds 133 gallons of roof runoff, is made of recycled plastic, features a siphon overflow system, a removable lid for easy cleaning, and comes complete with all parts and accessories. Since May 2007 we have installed more than 200 of the new barrels within the watershed. Any watershed resident can get a NMRWA rain barrel for a subsidized cost which includes the barrel, an assessment for proper placement, and installation by NMRWA staff.

In addition to installations, the NMRWA rain barrel crew is conducting ongoing inspections of each barrel, checking for problems with the barrel and leaving the latest information on maintenance. A barrel that is broken, disconnected from the downspout, or is not being drained will not help to improve the Nine Mile Run Watershed. If you’re a Nine Mile Run Watershed resident with a rain barrel you can expect to get a visit from us in the near future!
Please visit the rain barrel page on our Website for more information. Let us know if you have any questions or comments by contacting us on the Rain Barrel Hotline at 412-371-3095 or writing to
The Rain Barrel Initiative is funded by the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener II Program, The Richard King Mellon Foundation, and the Roy A Hunt Foundation.


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