Bay Star Homes Rain Barrels

Rain BarrelManaging stormwater is important, and rain barrels are a great way to reduce runoff from your property. Rain barrels collect rainwater from your roof downspouts for non-potable reuse. You can utilize this rainwater for your flowers, shrubs, trees, or lawns or even to wash your car!

Did You Know...

  • In Norfolk a rain barrel will fill up quickly! An inch of rain collected from just a 300 square feet section of roof will typically fill a 110 to 120 gallon rain barrel.
  • Saving water in a few barrels really does make a difference, if you think about the big picture. If 1/2 of Norfolk residents collected and used a single barrel of water, we could conserve more than of 1.5 million gallons of tap water. Every barrel helps manage the water coming from downspouts and reduces the impact on stormwater runoff.

Interested in Installing a Rain Barrel?


In conjunction with our Bay Star Homes program, Storm Water has a limited number of rain barrels to provide to residents each year. 

Rain barrels are 125 gallons and must be picked up at our Storm Water office. Resident must install barrel within 30 days and send us a picture. As a Bay Star Home member, the rain barrel is yours to keep as long as you live in Norfolk and it is in working condition. If you move out of Norfolk, the rain barrel must be returned to Storm Water so we can redistribute it within the city. 

If you are interested in receiving a barrel:
1. Make sure you are a Bay Star Home Member. If not, please sign up for free.
2. Please review, sign and submit a rain barrel agreement to michelle.williams@norfolk.gov or
    Mail to: Environmental Storm Water
                Attn: Michelle Williams
                2233 McKann Ave.
                Norfolk, VA 23504

Once your signed contract is received, we will add your to our waiting list.
You will be notified as rain barrels are available.