Downspout Disconnect and Rain Barrel Installation Program

Educating and engaging residents to manage stormwater at their homes

Launched in 2015 after a series of rain barrel projects in the Old First Ward, Hamlin Park, and Elmwood Village neighborhoods, the citywide program distributes and installs rain barrels for residents free of charge. Buffalo Sewer’s downspout disconnection and rain barrel program invites residents to host green infrastructure in their own backyards and private residences.

The program not only informs residents of the stormwater challenge facing our community, but also provides an easy, no-cost way for them to participate in green infrastructure solutions. The program enables Buffalo Sewer staff to do community-based education and outreach around green infrastructure in diverse neighborhoods across Buffalo. While impervious surface is not reduced with downspout disconnection and rain barrels, stormwater runoff from impervious roof surfaces is effectively managed through this practice.

  • Local stakeholders celebrate the launch of the City’s downspout disconnect and rain barrel installation program in 2015