Why you need a rain barrel ...
You can help the environment by collecting the rain-water from your roof and gutters with a rain barrel. By holding back rain-water during a storm, your rain barrels help lessen pollution, erosion and flooding. With less rain-water running-off the land, less pollution will flow into our creeks and rivers (which are the sources of our drinking water). You can feel good knowing that you are making a difference. 

Collecting and using your rain-water can also save you money on your water and sewer bills. Use the rain-water to water lawns, gardens and landscaping, fill fountains and ponds, and wash cars and other items.

Buy a rain barrel:
Shown in green (painted)

Dogwood art barrel

 Most barrels are made to order

~ Customize your barrel ~

Artist rain barrel painted by an AJHS student

View colors at:


Custom artist-painted barrels are available for an additional fee. For info email 

AbingtonEACRainBarrels @ gmail.com 


For more art barrel photos, visit the EAC's



Shown in blue (unpainted).  Unpainted white barrels may also be available.


Information about rain barrels:

Rain barrels help reduce flooding by reducing storm run-off from impervious surfaces like roofs. Rain barrels provide free and convenient water for gardening or outdoor use. Rain barrels can be used in conjunction with rain gardens to reduce flooding even more! For more information visit these websites:


Household Water Conservation info (PDF file) from Penn State*

Home and garden clean water practices from UW Extension*

How to make your own rain barrel*

Rain Garden Network*


Rain barrel art
Be creative and turn your rain barrel into a work of art. To paint your barrel, coat with "Stix" primer, then paint your design with colored paint, then topcoat with a clear, non-yellowing polyurethane or varnish. All paints should be exterior quality. Ensure that the types of paint and varnish can be used together (we suggest either all water-based or all oil-based).

Created by Iris Innes


Previous workshops:

"Rain Barrel the Town" program: During 2012 and 2013, the EAC partnered with the Rydal Meadowbrook Civic Association and the Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary to offer discounted rain barrels to the public. The barrels were built by volunteers using donated food-grade barrels. The project was made possible by an EcoStar grant from Constellation Energy. 150 barrels were built and sold to area residents. Over 20 "art barrels" were created by student and professional artists. The sales helped raise money to support Abington Township oarks and green spaces. Thank you to all of our partners and volunteers, especially: Abington Twp, Abington Senior High School H2O Club, the Youth Aid Panel, the Abington Junior High School Green Thumbs Club, I. Rice and Company, Keller-Williams, Alex Macht, Rich Myers and Alex Ruffian. Several workshops were held that taught residents how rain barrels can benefit them personally while benefiting the environment.

The EAC and the Tookany-Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership hosted a rain barrel workshop on June 6, 2012 at the McKinley Firehouse. Participants were able to purchase low-cost rain barrels (made by Abington students), or could chose a discount coupon towards the purchase of a rain barrel at Primex Garden Center.

2012-2013 rain barrels were available in painted colors:

Green (painted)

Blue (unpainted)


The EAC hosted a rain barrel workshop on October 13, 2010, and offered low-cost rain barrels to participants. 55 rain barrels were installed. Commissioner John Carlin (Ward 15) welcomed the public to learn how easy it is to install and use a rain barrel. The EAC presented the benefits of rain barrels, how to install, use, maintain and save money on your water and sewer bills.The workshop was televised on Abington Township Channel 43. A DVD is available.

View the presentation at:

Thank you to Primex Garden Center of Glenside for their support of this workshop.
The project was funded by a grant from the League of Women Voter of PA, Water Resources Education Workshop (WREN).

The 2010 rain barrel, the Achla Rain Catcher 4000. The soft vinyl overflow hose may be replaced with a rigid sump-pump drain hose, available at most hardware stores and home centers.


The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) held a rain barrel workshop in 2008 for Abington residents in the Tookany-Tacony-Frankford Watershed. The workshop was held at Glenside-Weldon School.  The rain barrel provided at this workshop is pictured below.

The 2008 rain barrel


The Abington EAC held a previous workshop in 2002 to educate residents about the benefits of collecting rain water in rain barrels. Each participant received a free rain barrel.


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