Rain Barrels

The Village of Riverside has partnered with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to offer free rain barrels to qualified residents

Rain Barrel Distribution Program

The Village of Riverside has enrolled in the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's (MWRD's) new rain barrel distribution program that offers complimentary rain barrels to Cook County residents and organizations that meet certain qualifications.

Combined Sewer Area

The Village of Riverside is located in a combined sewer area. This means rainwater and sewage from homes flow through the same pipe before reaching the MWRD's wastewater treatment facility.

During rain events, stormwater hitting the roof flows through downspouts which leads to the sewer system. Too much flow can result in basement backups and flooding.


Residents who agree to disconnect the downspouts on their home and place rain barrels on each downspout where feasible will qualify for the complimentary rain barrels. Residents can print an application for the Resident Rain Barrel Intake Form (PDF). Completed forms should be returned to the Village Office for processing.

"By disconnecting downspouts from the public drainage system, we can help minimize basement backups, combined sewer overflows, and flooding. By installing a 55 gallon rain barrel to each of your downspout(s), this water can be saved for reuse, and it may even reduce your water bill," said Riverside Public Works Director Ed Bailey.

Site Visit

The village will perform a site visit within 90 days of rain barrel delivery to determine if delivered rain barrel(s) are onsite and installed.

Rain Barrels for Sale

For those who do not qualify for the free barrels, the MWRD will continue to sell and deliver rain barrels for $58 plus tax via the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago website.