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Section No. 1

What is a Rain Barrel?

A rain barrel is a container that collects and stores rain water that drains from your roof and gutters. The Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority in partnership with the Jersey City Environmental Commission is offering rain barrels free of charge for Jersey City residents. Residents must agree to make a good faith effort to keep the rain barrels for at least 3 years from the date of purchase and must agree to not use collected water for potable use. It is the responsibility of the tenant to get the permission of the property owner to install a rain barrel. Residents agree to provide annual maintenance of the rain barrel and all components.

Section No. 2

What are the requirements for a rain barrel?

Rain barrels must be installed with a spigot and hose, overflow tube (directs overflow away from foundation), vector control (mosquito-proof screen under the lid), and a lid to seal the tank. If a mosquito-proof screen is not included in the rain barrel kit, it is your responsibility to install a screen with a minimum 18 x 14 mesh.


Section No. 2

Where can I acquire a rain barrel?

Residents can pick up the rain barrels at the JCMUA located at 555 Route 440, Jersey City, NJ 07305, Monday – Thursday between 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Please fill out the form below and call 201-432-1150 to set an appointment.


Rain Barrel Request Form

What are long-term solutions to mitigate waterway pollution?

  • Join community meetings!

  • Under the terms of the Clean Water Act, combined sewer systems are regulated by the EPA and municipalities are responsible for devising strategies to reduce or eliminate combined sewer overflows and mitigate the resulting pollution of waterways. The Jersey City MUA is hosting 4 Community Informational Meetings to address the effects the CSOs are causing, present alternatives, and receive feedback from the residents of Jersey City.
  • For more detailed information on combined sewers and the long-term control plan, please visit This website also serves as an essential reference that routes to the njcso group cso notification system website.

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